Harmonizing Leaders: STELA Exchange Students and Nagasaki Wesleyan University Embrace Unity and Guidance from President Dr. Kasom Chanawongse

In the hearts of Mr. Diomel L. Ballado, Ms. Kheza B. Pengi, and Ms. Janelle Rona A. Nigos – STELA’s Exchange Students – a remarkable journey unfolded as they welcomed Japanese students from Nagasaki Wesleyan University, igniting flames of camaraderie and cultural exchange. Guided by the visionary leadership of President Dr. Kasom Chanawongse, President of the College of Asian Scholars (CAS), this encounter transcended borders and ignited a profound journey of leadership.

President Dr. Kasom Chanawongse delivered a talk on “Leadership in You” that inspired the exchange students from University of Baguio-STELA and Nagasaki Wesleyan University. They were deeply inspired and enlightened by the remarkable story of President Dr. Kasom’s father, Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, who shared a special bond with Dr. Fernando Bautista, fondly known as “Tatay”, of the University of Baguio.

The story of Prof. Dr. Krasae and Dr. Fernando resonated as a beacon of unity and compassion, bridging the gap between rural communities and fostering international cooperation. Through their tireless efforts, they had united two countries and extended the gift of education to countless individuals, embodying the true spirit of leadership and service.

In this tale of friendship and collaboration, the exchange students discovered a deeply meaningful source of inspiration. They witnessed firsthand the transformative power of connection and the boundless impact of dedicated individuals working towards a common goal. As they reflected on this remarkable story, they were reminded of the importance of unity, compassion, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge for the betterment of all.

As the days unfolded, the STELA Exchange students actively engaged in various collaborative activities with their Japanese counterparts. From assisting in a cooking show to offering translation services in both English and Thai, bridging the gap between languages and fostered a sense of unity.

The culmination of the visit was marked by heartfelt farewells exchanged with the leaving Japanese students and Daiki, a touching moment symbolizing the conclusion of a truly memorable cultural exchange experience. However, the impact of these interactions lingered as reflected in the deep conversations and reflections shared during a meaningful dinner of the STELA Exchange Students together with President Dr. Kasom. Mr. Ballado and Ms. Nigos were given the opportunity to delve deeper into their experiences, further enriching the bonds forged during their time together.

The visit of the Japanese students was more than just a cultural exchange—it was a celebration of diversity, friendship, and the power of shared learning. Through their interactions with President Dr. Kasom and the STELA Exchange students, the Japanese students not only gained insights into our institution but also left an indelible mark on our community, inspiring us to embrace the beauty of cultural exchange and the connections it fosters.

The STELA Exchange Students – Mr. Ballado, Ms. Pengi, and Ms. Nigos – underwent profound transformations as they immersed themselves in diverse cultures and experienced the unifying power of cultural exchange. These experiences have left an indelible mark on their hearts, teaching them invaluable lessons about the importance of unity and the depth of human connection. As they reflect on their journey, they are filled with gratitude for the bonds forged and the memories created. The STELA Exchange Students will carry with them the profound teachings of “Leadership In You” by President Dr. Kasom Chanawongse, which will continue to guide and inspire them in their future endeavors. This lesson will serve as a guiding light, illuminating their paths as they navigate the complexities of life, leadership, and the pursuit of excellence.

“Add value to yourself, to people, and to your work.”

– Dr. Kasom Chanawongse, President of College of Asian Scholars and Khon Kaen Football Club

Written by Janelle Rona Nigos

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