Greetings from ASJA Chairperson

Mr. Gian Yi-Hsen, President of Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS)

Chairperson of ASJA International
President of
Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS)
Mr. Gian Yi-Hsen

Chairperson of ASJA International
President of Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS)
Mr. Gian Yi-Hsen

COVID-19 has become one of the key defining event for this century. From the initial lockdown response to vaccinations and now a slow transition to an endemic state we are continuously learning and adapting to the virus and the conditions in our countries. The impact of this pandemic has been very strongly felt in every country from the lives lost, economic damage and change in society.

ASJA as a key organization supporting tertiary education of ASEAN students in Japan, this has been severely affected given the challenges in the movement of people. The restrictions on physical interactions also impeded the education of many students as they are no longer able to interact with their teachers and fellow students freely. Moreover, all the various restrictions from the pandemic has prevented physical and social interactions severely. These were the bedrock of the strong network that organizations like ASJA depend on.

Even as we head towards a normalization with the endemic state where some activities return, some things will have changed permanently. Globally we are now much more comfortable with digital events and we should push for greater interactions using such technologies. In addition, as ASJA we need to start considering ways to further efforts to pursue additional linkages and interaction across the topics of education, economy and society amongst Japan and our member countries.

As we look towards a new future with ASJA after COVID-19, we hope for everyone’s support.

COVID-19 has become one of the key defining event for this century. From the initial lockdown response to vaccinations and now a slow transition to an endemic state we are continuously learning and adapting to the virus and the conditions in our countries. The impact of this pandemic has been very strongly felt in every country from the lives lost, economic damage and change in society.

ASJA as a key organization supporting tertiary education of ASEAN students in Japan, this has been severely affected given the challenges in the movement of people. The restrictions on physical interactions also impeded the education of many students as they are no longer able to interact with their teachers and fellow students freely. Moreover, all the various restrictions from the pandemic has prevented physical and social interactions severely. These were the bedrock of the strong network that organizations like ASJA depend on.

Even as we head towards a normalization with the endemic state where some activities return, some things will have changed permanently. Globally we are now much more comfortable with digital events and we should push for greater interactions using such technologies. In addition, as ASJA we need to start considering ways to further efforts to pursue additional linkages and interaction across the topics of education, economy and society amongst Japan and our member countries.

As we look towards a new future with ASJA after COVID-19, we hope for everyone’s support.

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