Applying Knowledge and Experience from
IATSS Forum & Paying Forward to Community

Participant's Voices


  • Country : Singapore
  • Forum : 53th batch (2015 Spring Forum)
Introduction Good day and greetings to all. My name is Danyl. First and foremost I am grateful for being given this opportunity to attend this forum program. When I was still an undergraduate in pursuit of a BSc in Psychology with Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), I came across an email sent by the school regarding this program. Upon reading it, my interest grew as I have never seen such a program organised in such a unique and creative manner. I thought to myself that this was a chance for me to grow as an individual and an opportunity to make a difference in my community. About the program In my opinion, this program helps all participants in looking at various aspects and allows us to bring experiences from different cultures in working cohesively in solving issues, sustaining culture and tradition, understanding adaptation and change and lastly, transiting into better individuals with the right mindset and leadership skills to influence and lead collectively. Takeaways from this program Looking at the program, there is so much to be learned. Apart from improving oneself in working creatively with others and accomplishing a goal through teamwork is key, I believe there is so much more we could learn from the Japanese culture, such as, humbleness, commitment and passionate in whatever we do and delivering our work with excellence. These components are essential in leadership coupled with the other key takeaways from this program.
Good day, my name is Danyl and i am from the 53rd IATSS batch from Singapore. This has been a fruitful 2 months for me which has changed my perceptual view forever. It has enriched me with an abundance of knowledge and most importantly, humility. Given the opportunity to experience the Japanese culture for 2 months is a one in a life time opportunity. On the other hand, observing the resilience and perseverance of certain communities who were struck by natural disasters coming together to rebuild their cities, educate the young, fighting for one another, was the biggest take away for me. It has inspired me to do my part in my country as a citizen of Singapore and a member of my community to help inspire the young, to foster community involvement, strengthening bonds between citizens and other neighbouring countries in building a resilient and sustainable community for present and future generations to come. I hope this experience would do the same for you and more. Most of all, as much as you focus on your objectives, have fun and you will enjoy yourself. As the saying goes, work hard, play hard. Cheers!