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Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines KOSHIKAWA Kazuhiko, took center stage as the distinguished keynote speaker at the closing ceremony of the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship Program on December 15, 2023. The event, hosted at the prestigious Ateneo de Manila University, celebrated 16 years of commitment to peace and development and the last batch of scholars.

The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship Program, a collaborative initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the University for Peace, and Ateneo de Manila University, has been instrumental in shaping the next generation of peacebuilding practitioners and development leaders across Asia. Over the course of 16 years, the program has supported the postgraduate education of more than 400 scholars from Japan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Ambassador KOSHIKAWA Kazuhiko message highlighted the significance of international cooperation in fostering peace and collaboration among nations. His keynote address emphasized the critical role programs like the APS and education in building a peaceful and harmonious future.

The closing ceremony of the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship Program was graced by the distinguished presence of key individuals, including Rev. Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ, President of Ateneo de Manila University; Dr. Maria Luz C. Vilches, Vice President for Higher Education at Ateneo de Manila University; Dr. Francisco Rojas, Rector of the University for Peace; Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz Borgo, Vice-Rector of the University for Peace; Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, Dean of the School of Social Sciences; and Ms. Kiyomi Takahashi, Program Manager of The Nippon Foundation. The event also welcomed members of the diplomatic corps, esteemed faculty members, and administrators from Ateneo de Manila University and the University for Peace. Additionally, scholars and alumni from various programs of The Nippon Foundation added to the distinguished gathering, highlighting the program’s broad support and lasting impact on individuals dedicated to promoting peace.

Musical performances by the Philippine Madrigal Singers added a cultural touch to the ceremony, and a video presentation showcased the three-day closing activities. Following the ceremony, a lively cocktail reception allowed attendees to engage in networking and reflection.

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