THE University of the South Pacific's Japan Pacific Alumni Association has been established, dedicated to the strengthening of friendships between the Pacific and Japan.
The JPAA, that was officially launched last Friday, comprises past participants of cultural exchanges facilitated by the Japanese Government to USP — namely the JENESYS and Kizuna projects.
Speaking at the launch, university deputy vice-chancellor administration and regional campuses Dr Esther Williams said the alumni would also help students retain memories of their trips to Japan and lessons learnt.
"For the past two years, USP has played a major role in the successful implementation of two projects of significance to the Pacific region and to the government of Japan," Dr Williams said.
"Both projects were managed by the university on behalf of the government of Japan and have assisted in the development of relationships between Pacific youth and their Japanese counterparts."
A number of past participants showed up at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre for the launch and were pleased with the decision by USP to formulate a group.
The alumni will be an independent association that will also be self-funded and guided by its own constitution.