The Cancellation of the IATSS Forum Spring Batch (May to July 2020)

We regret to announce that the 63rd IATSS Forum, scheduled from May to July 2020, has been canceled for the following reasons.

  1. The number of COVID-19 infections in Japan still continues to increase at this moment, and it seems that this trend may continue for a while.
  2. Under these uncertain circumstances, we cannot guarantee a safe and healthy environment for participants and people concerned at the IATSS Forum.
  3. Travel to Japan may be restricted by the governments of respective countries.
  4. Upon the completion of the program in Japan, there is a risk of traveling restrictions back to respective countries from Japan. Even if participants are able to go back to their respective countries, they may be requested to engage in self-isolation for 14 days.


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International Alumni Meeting

The 9th International Alumni Meeting (Luang Prabang, Laos)

The 9th International Alumni Meeting (IAM) was held from 7th December to 10th December, 2018. More than 100 alumni members from 9 South East Asian countries and Japan gathered in the UNESCO’s World Heritage town, Luang Prabang, Laos.

Participants gained various ideas for the further development of the alumni associations through introduction of alumni activities in each of the participating countries, topic based group discussion and theme based field studies.

We look forward to seeing each and every participant’s future success, as an alumni member and as a leader in their professional field, utilizing new ideas and strengthened networks beyond countries and batches in this 9th IAM.

Dec. 7th (Fri.) Arrival
Dec. 8th (Sat.) IAM Meeting
- Opening Ceremony
- Sharing of recent alumni activities
- Group Discussion (Topic based groups)
- Gala Dinner
Dec. 9th (Sun.) Field Study
1. Cultural Preservation - Community level
2. Cultural Preservation - Initiative of social enterprise
3. Eco-tourism
Dec. 10th (Mon.) Departure

The 8th International Alumni Meeting (Yangon, Myanmar)

In December, the 8th 2015, International Alumni Meeting was held in Yangon, Myanmar.
Approximately 150 people attended the event including IATSS Forum alumni members, chairpersons from respective country committees and other guests.

In the event, each alumni association discussed and proposed action plans based on the IATSS Forum’s New Vision and plan of operations.
Throughout this meeting, the network and friendship beyond countries was strengthened and the need for reinforcing further partnership between Japan and respective countries was also confirmed.