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AsTW2019 strengthen the relationship

Date: 07 March 2019

Words by: Adi Yusran

ASEAN in Today’s World (AsTW) 2019 was successfully ended last 06 March 2019.

The two weeks short-term program was organized by University of Malaya specifically led International Student Centre (ISC) and Kyushu University, Japan in cooperation with the other AsTW partners which are Mahidol University, Ateneo De Manila University, Vietnam National University, Hanoi and Fukuoka Women’s University, Japan.

According to ISC Director, Madam Salmi Marsita Shaari, the number of AsTW participants has increased two times bigger compared to last year’s program.

“The number of participants is increasing this year which we have altogether 42 participants”, said Salmi.

“This program was initially for students from Japan and all ASEAN countries. However, we managed to extend the invitation to our partner that comes from non-Japan and no-ASEAN countries this year which makes the program more wonderful”, added Salmi.

AsTW is a three series program in Malaysia. The first series was done by University of Malaya in 2018, led by Asia-Europe Institute.

AsTW 2019 participants together with Director of Human Development, ASEAN Secretariat, Ms. Rodora Turalde-Babaran (three from left), Education, Youth and Sports Officer, ASEAN Secretariat (four from left) and ISC Director, Madam Salmi Marsita Shaari (two from right).

Below are some photos through out the program.


ISC Global Buddies (UM student volunteer or well known as Buddies) and the AsTW2019 coordinator from UM waiting for the AsTW2019 participants at the arrival hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on the 20th February 2019 to welcome them to Malaysia.


AsTW2019 participants together with the locals during the Homestay program at Kampung Alai, Melaka.


AsTW2019 participants enjoying the culture and activities organised by the locals during the Homestay program at Kampung Alai, Melaka.


AsTW2019 participants playing tourist at the heart of Kuala Lumpur together with ISC Global Buddies from UM.


Exposure to the nature. The participants taking part in monitoring water quality at Varsity Lake, University of Malaya.


CAN'T WAIT! The participants are patiently listening to the safety briefing before 'jumping' into the water for some kayaking session.


Having fun. The participants enjoying the outdoor activity kayak at UM Varsity Lake. The lake is definitly a clean and safe water to be in.

Kollam Making. Cultural activity with the participants at the UM Arts Gallery.


The AsTW2019 program was successfully completed. See you next year!

Photos by: ISC Global Buddies