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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Ridha [59th batch (2018 Spring Forum)] [Malaysia]

Participating in 59th batch (2018 Spring Forum)Malaysia

Voice before the participation

Voice after the participation

Ar Ridha Razak:
Reflecting back to the initial days of my application, I had put a lot of goals towards my journey in IATSS Forum. I thank the IATSS Forum staff for designing an unbelievable content that tackles all areas from personal development, exposure to culture and important learning’s to be aware of sustainability in almost totality form. It’s truly surpasses what I expected from the program.
Throughout the 55 days I had learn many things from improving my personal skills to experiencing the hands-on culture of Japanese and the enrichment of knowledge by the exciting professors selected by IATSS. I am amaze by how the IATSS program has been design to the utmost intricacy and that the level commitment of staff to participant from day 1 to end is truly astonishing. There are too many positive things that I had learnt from the forum and that I will put the learning to good use in Malaysia.
Coming to Japan is a dream come true, let a long being put with 19 wonderful comrades from different nationality, back ground and disciplines. For me, it is an opportunity of a lifetime to not only make new friends but learn more on how to become an International leader. When I first arrived, I questioned myself whether if it’s worthwhile to leave my family and businesses to be part of this program? And without a single doubt, I felt that it is not only worthwhile but an experience worth cherishing forever. The love and affections by new founded brothers and sisters which I have not felt since high school tinkle back in the mind.

Throughout the program, I felt that my level of discipline has been elevated to the next level. I miss the days of punctuality and this is the sanctuary that I have awaited since my Australian university days. What I respect most about the IF59th is the level of punctuality, supportiveness towards peers, unity and sportingness of each participant. I shall miss them all. With the above experience I am truly grateful and fulfilled. Arigatogozaimas.