Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN

NEWS & EVENTS

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Japan

10Dec2020

Our project efforts were published in the December 2020 issue of the web magazine by JASSO.

The Japanese Student Services Organization (JASSO) published a web magazine entitled "Exchange of Study Abroad Students" in the December 2020 issue (Special Feature: Support for Foreign Students in Japan to Promote Acceptance of Foreign Students).  ▶ "Exchange of Students" Web Magazine December 2020  ▶ Click here for more information  *Japanese only The article was written by Assiciate Professor INAMORI Takao from Institute of Global Human Resource Development at Okayama University, Ms. TORIGOE Asami who is Study in Japan Coordinator from Study in Japan Global Network Project Regional Office in ASEAN, and Mr. NII Yusuke who is Study in Japan Coordinator from Study in Japan Global Network Project Regional Office in ASEAN, Bangkok Branch. The article details the activities and future challenges of the overseas study promotion projects in Myanmar and other ASEAN countries. Please take a look.

Myanmar

19Nov2020

Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni Donates Masks

On November 17, the Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA) donated masks to Okayama University. MAJA was founded in 2001 by Myanmar graduates who studied in Japanese higher education. As the spread of COVID-19 in Myanmar as well as in Japan, Myo Khin, the President of the MAJA, and the Chairperson of Okayama University’s International Alumni Association, expressed his concern for the growing number of infections in Japan, and the hope to overcome difficulties together. On the day of the donation, Study in Japan Coordinator TORIGOE Asami, who returned from Myanmar, handed the masks to President MAKINO Hirofumi with Vice President for International Affairs KIMURA Kunio in attendance. Upon receiving the masks, President Makino said, “Thank you very much for your kindness. We will use the donated masks dutifully in our attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.” The masks were distributed to Myanmar students currently studying at Okayama University. They conveyed their gratitude and expressed their renewed determination to apply themselves to their studies.

Japan

01Oct2020

The homepage has been redesigned

The homepage has been redesigned.

Myanmar

30Sep2020

Online Study in Japan Weeks 2020 was held.

We held “Online Study in Japan Weeks 2020 (Myanmar)” for Myanmar students who are interested in Studying in Japan, over a two-week period, from August 22 to September 5. 11 Universities from the Consortium of Six National Universities in Japan, and Myanmar-Japan Platform for Human Resource Development, participated in the online event. Each university introduced their own information on Facebook and the event website. Additionally, MAJA (Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni), introduced the information on entrance exams and scholarships. Students had the opportunity to contact each university directly and ask their questions or concerns by participating in group discussions took place over Zoom and other trans-communication platforms. Approximately 836 students from Myanmar participated from September 1 to September 5. Participants gave positive feedback, stating, “I want to participate in an event like this again,” and “I was able to learn valuable information about studying abroad.” Throughout the event, it became clear that students are thinking positively about future study abroad options, despite the current situation under the coronavirus pandemic. As such, our university plans to continue holding study in Japan fairs, seminars, and events for students from ASEAN countries. The Study in Japan Fair organized by Okayama University, which usually takes place in August has been postponed to January 31, 2021. Participating institutions (11 universities) Chiba University, Chuo University, Josai University, Kanazawa University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Kumamoto University, Nagasaki University, Niigata University, Osaka University, Okayama University

Myanmar

22Feb2020

Japan Alumni Reunion 2020 & Farewell for the Japanese Government Scholarship Students

On February 22, Japan Alumni Reunion 2020 & Farewell for the Japanese Government Scholarship Students was co-organized by Okayama University, Embassy of Japan in Myanmar and Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA) with approximately 120 people participated in Yangon, Myanmar. The main purpose of this event was to establish a network between participants and alumni who have studied in Japan as well as to encourage new government scholarship students going to Japan in April. H.E. Mr. Ichiro Maruyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Myanmar, delivered his address on his hope and encouragement towards both alumni and new students to play an active role bridging Myanmar and Japan. Dr. Kyaw Naing, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education in Myanmar, Dr. Myo Khin, President of MAJA and Chairperson of Okayama University International Alumni Association, Professor Tomoko Tanaka, Vice Director of Institute of Global Human Recourse Development, Okayama University, made speeches followed by an introduction of Dr. Tin Htut Aung’s research on archaeology that have been done during his doctoral course at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University. Then, a representative of the new students expressed her aspiration for her study in Japan from April and gratitude for this opportunity. Information exchange session became a great occasion to establish and strengthen a network among participants and also to further implement Study in Japan activity in Myanmar.

Laos

19Feb2020

“Japan Seminar” held in Vientiane, Laos

On 19th and 20th of February, we hosted a “Japan Seminar” in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, for high school students interested in Japanese culture and language. The event took place across three venues; namely, the Laos-Japan Institute, Phonsavanh High School, and Vientiane High School. Approximately 200 students and faculty members attended over two days. It was held as a part of the “Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN” with which Okayama University was entrusted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. This is the second seminar organized by Okayama University this year. At the seminar, Associate Professor TSUTSUMI Ryoichi, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science, Okayama University, presented his research on linguistics, Mr. NII Yusuke Study in Japan Coordinator spoke about study opportunities in Japan, and Mr. KAWAHARA Shuhei of Okayama University staff introduced Okayama University. Additionally, Souliphone Sivixay, who currently studies at Graduate School of Environmental and Life Sciences of Okayama University, from Laos, gave a presentation based on her personal experience of living and studying in Japan. Participants described that, “The event was very valuable, providing much-needed information on studying in Japan,” while others stated that, “We are happy because the event included information on scholarships.” From these impressions, we found that students are seeking practical information related to Study in Japan, including living costs, tuition fees, scholarships, etc. Okayama University intends to continue holding similar events in Laos and hopes to expand to more regions outside Vientiane in the near future.

Myanmar

16Feb2020

Japan Alumni Meeting by Study in Japan Global Network Project in Myanmar

On 16 February 2020, Okayama University held the “Japan Alumni Meeting by Study in Japan Global Network Project in Myanmar” in Yangon, Myanmar in collaboration with the Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA) and the Consortium of Six National Universities in Japan (SixERS). The purposes of the meeting were to increase the number of international students studying in Japan and to expand and strengthen the network, as a part of the Study in Japan Global Network Project (ASEAN). The meeting was started with greetings from KIMURA Kunio, Vice President for International Affairs of Okayama University, MAJA President Myo Khin, and OTANI Yoshio, Vice President (International Affairs) of Kanazawa University. Following this, TORIGOE Asami, Study in Japan Coordinator, introduced Okayama University Japan Education Information Center (OJEIC), and former international students gave a lecture on their activities after returning from Japan. About 30 participants including former students shared valuable times together that would lead to stronger cooperation in the future. On February 17th, the members of SixERS visited OJEIC office and discussed future activities at a conference of the SixERS and a meeting of the Study in Japan Global Network Project (ASEAN).

Myanmar

01Feb2020

Study in Japan Seminar in Mandalay 2020 held in Myanmar

We held a "Study in Japan Seminar in Mandalay 2020" aiming at students interested in studying in Japan on February 1st, in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in Myanmar and the Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA). It was held as part of the “Study in Japan Global Network Project (ASEAN),” with which Okayama University was entrusted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This is the second time this year that the university co-sponsored it. Beginning with the opening remarks by Dr. Kyaw Naing, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Minister of Education of Myanmar, Ms. TORIGOE Asami, Study in Japan Coordinator, gave a lecture on study abroad in general, Associate Professor MURAKAMI Hiroto of Nagasaki University introduced the university and research, MAJA General Secretary Daw Mo Mo San gave a presentation on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and those who have studied in Japan shared their experiences in Japan. At the booth for individual consultation by participating organizations, Professor NISHIHARA Yasushi of the Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Professor MURATA Yoshiyuki of the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Sciences also helped answering some questions from participants. Moreover, Japanese partners of the Japan Foundation assisted how to make origami at their booth. Total of 238 students visited to this seminar.

Thailand

30Jan2020

Opening Ceremony of the Study in Japan Regional Office in ASEAN, Bangkok Branch

We opened a Study in Japan Global Network Project Regional Office in ASEAN, Bangkok Branch and held its opening ceremony on January 30, 2020. Representatives from Okayama University, including Vice President KIMURA Kunio for International Affairs; Professor MURATA Yoshiyuki , Director of Study in Japan Global Network Project (ASEAN); and Associate Professor INAMORI Takao from Institute of Global Human Resource Development, attended the opening ceremony. Okayama University has been entrusted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) to participate in the Study in Japan Global Network Project. The University focuses on Southeast Asian countries and formerly acted as a Study in Japan coordinator between Japan and Myanmar. In 2015 and 2018, we established Okayama University Japan Education Information Center, Myanmar (OJEIC) in Yangon and Mandalay, respectively, and since then we have been consistently promoting study in Japan opportunities through individual consultations and Study in Japan fairs. Now, we are expanding our activities to other ASEAN countries, including Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. To this end, we have opened a new office at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand, and have assigned a new coordinator to the post. The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mak Ngoy, Director General of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport of Kingdom of Cambodia; Ms. Nouamkham Chanthabouly, Deputy Director General of External Relations Department at the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao PDR; and Dr. Pornapit Darasawang, Associate Professor and Vice President for Internationalization at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. Also in attendance were Mr. KUBA Masaharu, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand; representatives from the Consortium of Six National Universities in Japan (SixERS); and approximately 50 other officials from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.In his greeting, His Excellency expressed his desire to cooperate with the Project and also mentioned that he looks forward to witnessing activities to promote student mobility in the near future. The Bangkok Branch will support ASEAN students who wish to study in Japan in cooperation with universities, educational institutions, alumni associations, etc.

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