UWS student sets sail for World Youth

Date: 02/10/2002

A University of Western Sydney food technology student, Michael Paull from The Oaks, has been selected to represent Australia in an international exchange program that is amongst the most prestigious in the world.

20-year-old Michael and eleven other young Aussies will join 255 people from twelve countries in an international exchange program on the 15th Ship for World Youth program.

Established in 1989, the Ship for World Youth aims to promote international friendship, mutual understanding and the promotion of global views amongst the youth of Japan and the youth of other nations.

The Dean of Students at UWS, Associate Professor Marsha Durham, praised Michael for his involvement in the program.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Michael and a fantastic honour to be selected from more than 100 applicants," Professor Durham said.

"Combined with the opportunities for cultural exchange, Michael's trip will be an experience of a lifetime. We wish Michael all the best in his exciting adventure."

From October 19, 2002 to December 3, 2002, Michael will be involved in a wide range of activities aimed at fostering cultural sensitivity, understanding and friendship.

After participating in pre-departure workshop in Sydney, Michael will fly to Japan to join young people from Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Mexico, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Tonga, United States of America, Venezuela and Japan.

Most of the program will be conducted onboard the cruise liner Nippon Maru, with several activities scheduled at a number of seaports during the voyage including Cairns, Honolulu, Vancouver and Hawaii.


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