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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Sophia [59th batch (2018 Spring Forum)] [Myanmar]

Participating in 59th batch (2018 Spring Forum)Myanmar

Voice before the participation

Greeting from Myanmar, “Mingalarpar”

I am impressed by the unique culture of Japanese, people attitudes, well being society, particularly in advance technology and supportive education system. This will be one of the most valuable experiences that I gain meeting with sisters and brothers from ASEAN region, and Japan.

I am motivated to be part of this marvelous leadership training because it will have a chance to learn from participants, through different values, traditions, and cultures, will develop a sense of mutual understanding during our training days in Japan together. It is my hope that we can build a professional network, friendship, and embraced the diversity from different ASEAN countries in order to take action for better world. Moreover, I believe that my increased knowledge and leadership skills, as well as new networks, will be contributed to my ability towards solving issues of education and development in Myanmar, that my country’s need.

I am sure that we will have grasped the importance of leadership to work more effectively and overcome differences. I absolutely believe that the key to successful leadership is influence, and the ability to convert vision into reality. By the end of this program, I hope to open a new chapter with a new vision of how ASEAN can be. One by one, we will became the ones to cross the “them and us” off the page and then write “we”.