Oct 26, 2015
On October 14th, APU held an orientation and exchange meeting for international students who enrolled through the JICA project in 2015. The participants are international students in the "Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)" *1 (China, Tajikistan, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Laos), "Bridge to the Future for Afghanistan, Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE)" *2, and the "African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative)" *3 programs aiming to become future policymakers in each country and region.
APU has been involved in international cooperation projects since its establishment in the year 2000, and this event was joined by around fifty incoming students, current students, and faculty members.
At the orientation, SATO Yoichiro, the Dean of International Cooperation and Research, gave an encouraging address which was followed by an introduction of various training programs and study precautions from the staff as well as an explanation of the APU students & alumni association.
Dean of the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies SALAZAR Robert A.C. spoke to the incoming and current students at the exchange meeting about the importance of taking on challenges, which was followed by an opportunity for the students and faculty to become better acquainted during the lively event.
The students who participated in the event spoke positively saying, "interacting with incoming and current students coming from the same circumstances was an inspiration for my future student life" and "I hope to apply the wide-ranging study advice received from the faculty members in my future research".
*1 Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)：
APU has accepted 275 students since the establishment of the APU graduate schools in 2003. Among APU-JDS alumni, one graduate has become the Deputy Director General of the ASEAN Affairs Department in Myanmar and is active in development of the region.
*2 Bridge to the Future for Afghanistan, Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE)：
In order to support human resource development and restoration in Afghanistan, in 2011 Japan set up a five-year program in which 100 young Afghans study at Japanese graduate schools every year through ODA (Official Development Assistance).
*3 African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative)：
Short for "African Business Education Initiative for Youth", this program develops human resources who will contribute to advanced industries in Africa and further business between Africa and Japan.