There are a number of things I have gained from this program. To begin with, the Japanese students were enthusiastic and took great interest in the ASEAN integration issues. Secondly, ASEAN Economic integration to be taken place in 2015 could bring some disadvantages to countries with lacking capacity; but if all countries are willing to work together to provide each other’s shortcomings as seen in the willingness of all participants in this program; I am positive the integration will become successful. Last but not least, this exchange program widened my perspective on ASEAN issues through discussion among fellow ASEAN students and Japanese students and helped me understand more about their ideas.
I have little chance to discuss with Japanese undergraduate students in English prior to this program, and I thought they would find it difficult to communicate in English. But from my group discussion and during the whole project presentation, they expressed and argued reasonably well. In addition, though some of them needed help on vocabulary, they worked hard and had impressive ideas to bring to our discussion table. During the presentation time, they were confident and showed great powerpoint to everyone with precise explanation about their point of view. Besides, all of us come from different universities, various fields of studies, but the team spirit could be successfully conveyed in the whole activity and I really appreciate that.