Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN



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Urgent Calling for "Full Scholarships: MEXT Scholarship

Urgent Calling for "Full Scholarships: MEXT Scholarship **Dead Line for Application: 21 Jan 2022** The Discovery Program for Global Learners (GDP) has been selected as one of the target programs for the Japanese Government Full Scholarship for Student Priority Placement by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). * "Discovery Program for Global Learners, Okayama University" is international undergraduate course taught in English. Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Economics, Management, Social Business) Cultural Diversity and Communities (Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science) Transdisciplinary Science for Global Sustainability (Chemistry, Phisics, Agriculture) ★Please see more details here; ★Interview videos by current students


We attended “the 5th ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference” and delivered presentation on Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN

The ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference was held on 14th October 2021 online, and Study in Japan Coordinator NII Yusuke attended as a representative of Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN. The ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference is a platform consists of executives from AUN (ASEAN University Network) member universities (30 universities from 10 countries) and 18 universities from Japan, China, and South Korea. Its aim is to learn and exchange knowledge about challenges for future collaboration among ASEAN+3 network. Kanazawa University which is a member of the Consortium of Six National Universities (Chiba University, Niigata University, Kanazawa University, Okayama University, Nagasaki University, and Kumamoto University) hosted the conference this year. There were more than 100 participants at the conference and the main theme was “ASEAN+3 University Education and Graduate Employability: Sharpening the Edge”. In the conference, we had an honor to have a session to introduce Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN. After President Makino explained outline of the project and a promotional video was played, Study in Japan Coordinator Nii conducted a presentation about the project. In his presentation, he shared our achievement, prospect, and a feasibility of future collaboration between AUN member universities and this project. He also said “Most importantly, we play a role as a bridge between ASEAN and Japan in terms of education and research collaboration. We collaborate with wide range of institutions such as Ministry of Education, educational institutions including universities, alumni associations, and so on. We have been striving to not only expand new relationship but also deepen existing networks.” In our project, we will cooperate with AUN member universities and other institutions, and continue to provide useful information to ASEAN students who wish to study in Japan, universities and other educational institutions. ▼Promotional movie


Calling For Okayama University (Faculty of Agriculture) Scholarship for the students from ASEAN Countries (Preliminary Education in Oct. 2021 and Undergraduate Admission in April 2022)

2021 APPLICATION FOR CANDIDATE SELECTION OF JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MEXT) SCHOLARSHIP (For Global Agriscience Program Preliminary Education in Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University. Application Period March 15, 2021 to May 5, 2021. Period of Scholarship The scholarship period is effective for total education period (four and a half years). (Preliminary Education 6 months + University Undergraduate Course 4 years) Scholarship Benefits Allowance: 117,000 yen per month. Admission and tuition fees will be paid by Okayama University. Qualifications for Application Applicant must meet all of the following requirements. (1) Applicants must meet one of the following conditions by September 2021. ① Applicants must have completed 12 years of school education. (including those who are expected to complete at the time of admission) ② Applicants must have graduated from a school equivalent to an upper secondary school in Japan. ③ Those who qualify for universities in Japan due to qualifications other than the above. (2) In principle, applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1996. Language Requirements: Applicants must meet one of the following requirements for proficiency in Japanese. Applicants who have level of English performance below is highly welcomed. Japanese ① Applicants who have at least N2 level of Japanese Language Proficiency Test(JLPT) by the start of regular course ( at start of preliminary education, applicants who have not had the certificate could be accepted). ② Applicants who is judged by Okayama University to have the Japanese ability equal or greater than ①. English ① Applicants who have B1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or higher. ② Applicants completed the curriculum which meets the entrance qualifications of Okayama University in English as the main language. ③ Applicants who is judged by Okayama University to have the English ability equal or greater than ①. Contact for inquiry Instruction and Student Section, Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University Please use Japanese for inquiry, as possible as you can. TEL: +81-251-8286, 8287 (Japanese only)  Outline of Faculty of Agriculture : Introduction Movie:


Calling For Honjo International Scholarship Foundation

Honjo International Scholarship Foundation Guideline of Application for the Foreign Students’ Scholarship Fall 2021 (Application Period: April 1 ~ May 5, 2021) Outline of Scholarship 1. This scholarship is open to foreign students who will attend a graduate school at a Japanese university. 2. The payment of the scholarship money will be issued starting from September 2021 onwards. 3. The scholarship recipient is under no obligation to repay the amount they receive from our Foundation. 4. The period of the scholarship for the recipient is set in accordance with the shortest period of time required to complete the intended degree. 4.1. ¥200,000 per month for 1 or 2 years 4.2. ¥180,000 per month for 3 years 4.3. ¥150,000 per month for 4 years or 5 years * The student is not allowed to change his / her course after the scholarship period has commenced. * Those whose enrollment period is shorter than one year are not eligible to apply. 5. The travel grant to cover the expenses to attend an international conference will be provided to scholarship recipients, based on our scholarship provision rules. 6. The scholarship recipient is not permitted to receive any other scholarship in conjunction with the scholarship offered by our Foundation. 7. The scholarship recipient cannot gain employment other than part-time jobs related to his / her studies such as teaching assistant, research assistant, or related to international exchange affairs such as translators or interpreters while receiving our scholarship. 8. The scholarship recipient is required to participate in the individual interview and the events that the foundation organizes. 9. After graduating from our foundation, the scholarship recipient is required to attend our alumni events. Number of Scholarships Available A few students Requirements (To be eligible for applying our scholarship, the student must satisfy ALL of the requirement criteria shown below.) 1. The student who does not possess Japanese citizenship 2. The student must be enrolled as of Fall 2021 or currently applying for the academic course starting from Fall 2021 at a graduate school in Japan. Those who are already enrolled and those who are not enrolled yet (including people who are currently employed with jobs at the time of applying for the program) are both eligible to apply for this scholarship if you are going to be enrolled in Fall 2021. Those who are going to enter graduate schools in Spring 2022 should apply for the 2022 program which starts accepting applications from September 1 to October 30, 2021 (scheduled). 3. In principle, the student enrolling in a professional graduate school is not eligible to apply. However, the student who can submit a research plan is eligible to apply. 4. The enrollment duration until graduation must be longer than 12 months. 5. To be eligible, the student applying for the PhD program must start the PhD course by the age of 35. Student applying for the master’s program must start the master course by the age of 30. 6. The student must have a strong will to serve in his / her home country as a future career plan. 7. The student must have a deep understanding of international friendship and goodwill, and must attend the events organized by the foundation and take part in the network as an alumni member. 8. The student must be able to carry an everyday conversation in Japanese. Interviews will be conducted in Japanese. (no exception) How to Apply 1. Enter the “web application system” and then complete all the necessary information. Upload the required documents A~ D as PDF file. “Web application system”→ (This system is available starting from April 1, 2021) 2. When you have completed the application procedure, an application number will be issued. The application numbers of the successful students will be announced on our website, so please make sure to save the number you received. Documents required to be uploaded are as follows: A. Academic transcript (In Japanese or English; please attach a translation in case of other languages.) A-1. Academic transcript of the undergraduate course (Required) If you transferred into the university from the College of technology (kōsen school system), the transcript from that school is also required. A-2. Academic transcript of the graduate school (If you do not have the transcript, you do not need to submit it.) B. Research Proposal: Use the designated template and write in Japanese language. The template of the MS Word file is available on our website. What we want applicants to describe: B-1. What you are going to research B-2. What and how you are going to contribute to your home country based on what you will learn or study in Japan B-3. What you already achieved regarding research, academic, and social activity C. A recommendation letter from a supervisor: Please obtain a recommendation letter describing your academic performances, personal characteristics evaluation, future potential, etc. You can also obtain a recommendation letter from your previous supervisor in your country, if the recommender is familiar with your academic background. *The number of sheets and formats are not designated. *The recommender can send the recommendation letter directly to the foundation without sending it to the applicant. The letter should be sent from the recommender’s email account to no later than the date of the deadline. The application number should be included in the subject of the email. D. Documents that prove admission, such as an admission letter, a letter of acceptance, etc. Please upload the certificate of enrollment only if the student is already enrolling in the graduate school. * If the admission letter or the letter of acceptance is not available by May 5, 2021, please enter the probable date that is available on the “web application system” and then send it to the HISF office via email as soon as it is available. Note that, after May 6, 2021, you cannot log into the web application system. * Even if the envelopes are directed as “Confidential” or “Invalid if opened”, open all the envelopes and upload the documents as PDF files through the “scholarship web application system”. * Photocopied documents can also be used and uploaded. Miscellaneous notes on entry 1. Application documents are not required to be sent by post. 2. The data you input in the “web application system” can be rewritten or replaced at any time until May 5, 2021. The latest data is automatically overwritten. 3. The application documents will not be returned to the applicants. 4. Regarding the personal information written in the application documents, they will not be used for any other purposes than for the scholarship selection process. However, please be confirmed that a limited personal information will be provided for the following specific persons. 4.1. The application documents can be submitted to the selection committee members for document screening and selection process. 4.2. The personal information can be used for confirming the contents of the application, and for inquiring to confirm the scholarship overlapping, to the university staff and other scholarship organization, during the selection process. Selection Process 1. First selection (Screening of documents): The result of the first selection will be announced by June 30, 2021. The application numbers of the selected candidates will be posted on our website. 2. Second selection (Interview): Conducted in early July, in Tokyo or by video call. *The detailed schedule for the interview will be informed directly to those who pass the first selection process. *The definite date of the interview will be posted on our website when confirmed. 3. Final results of the scholarship award: July 31, 2021. *The application numbers of the selected candidates will be posted on our website. About Scholarship Payment 1. In the following cases scholarship payment can be stopped. The recipient may require to pay back the scholarship amount that has already been paid, according to the decision made by the Board of Directors. 1.1. When it is difficult to continue schooling or research due to illness or other reasons. 1.2. When the supervisor recognized that the recipient is ineligible for continuing study or conducting the research. 1.3. In case of academic achievement failure or worst behavior discovered. 1.4. When your act as a scholar is recognized worst enough to hurting the honor of the Foundation. For Inquiry about the Scholarship * Inquiries are accepted by email. Honjo International Scholarship Foundation 1-14-9, Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063 Website: Send inquiries to:


Calling for Asia University Scholarship for the Students from ASEAN Countries

Asia University Scholarship for the Students from ASEAN Countries Application Guidelines April, 2022 Course Application Period - March 8 – 19, 2021 Course A For Applicants who hold JLPT N4 or N3 -1 academic year of AU Intensive Japanese Course, and -4 years of regular undergraduate course at AU (5 years in total) *Students can elect courses from the faculties of: Business Administration, Economics, Law, International Relations, Multicultural Communication, or Urban Innovation Course B For Applicants who hold JLPT N2 or N1 4 years of AU undergraduate course *Students can elect a course from the faculties of: Business Administration, Economics, Law, International Relations, Multicultural Communication, or Urban Innovation Number of Candidates: 20 or less in total of course A and B 2.Eligibility for Applicants Applicants must fulfill all the following conditions: (1)Nationality: Any Country from ASEAN except dual citizens in ASEAN country and Japan. (2)Age: Those who fulfill the following requirements either a. or b. a. Current senior high school student who intends to graduate by March, 2022 b. Those who have already graduated from high school between the periods indicated in “7. Application.” (3)Education Background: Those who finished or expected to finish the 12 years of education method in their country (4)Japanese Language Ability: Course A Those who hold N4 or N3 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) , and/or D level of J. TEST, and/or level 3 of NAT-TEST and who have an incentive to study in Japan. Course B Those who hold N2 or N1 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) and who have an incentive to study in Japan. (5)Achievement: Those who marked good records in high school. Mother Language, English, and Mathematics should be high ranked. (6)Health: Applicants have to be healthy both in physically and mentally to study in Japanese university. Applicants are required to turn in the medical certificate officially issued by a medical organization. (7)Arriving in Japan: Applicants must arrive in Japan before March 31st of the year they enter AU. (8)Visa: Students must apply and receive the Student Visa before they arrive in Japan. (9)After Graduation: Students should keep a close cooperation with AU even after graduation, and try to improve the level of trust relationship between Japan and their countries. (10)The following students are not applicable to this scholarship. In the case it turned out after the applicants passed the screening test, they must decline themselves. ①Those who has never finished 12 years of educational method before entering IJC or Undergraduate Course ②Those who cannot arrive in Japan by the day which AU specified ③Those who already hold the “Student” visa and affiliate in the Japanese university or any other educational institute. ④Those who intend to receive another scholarship from a foundation other than AU (including their country’s government organization), including those who plan to receive scholarship when apply and start receiving when arriving in Japan 3.Scholarship Period and Requirements Course A Period: 5 years (Including 1 year of Intensive Japanese Course) Requirements: 1. To fulfill the recommendation requirement 2. To hold GPA 2.45 every year Course B Period: 4 years Requirement: To hold GPA 2.45 every year For more information, please check and see the guideline. Asia University International Center Contact : (Japanese or English available) Website :


Study in Japan Fair for Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia was held

 We organized two Online Study in Japan Fairs for Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia in January and February 2021 as part of the Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) – Japan. The first fair targeted Myanmar was conducted as “Online Study in Japan Fair 2021 Myanmar” from 31 January to 13 February 2021. While the other targeted Laos and Cambodia was implemented as “Online Education Fair 2021 Cambodia/Laos” from 16 to 19 February 2021. The purpose of the online fairs was to promote Study in Japan from these target countries and to support the whole processes from an entrance to a university to an employment by providing information on job hunting and employment in Japan.  It was such a great honor to have a video message for encouragement in Myanmar language by H.E. Ichiro Maruyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Union in Myanmar as well as encouragement messages by Mr.Taimei Watanabe, Chief Representative for Myanmar, Mitsubishi Corporation, Joint representative, Myanmar-Japan Platform for Human Resource Development (MJPF) and Dr.Myo Khin, President of Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni (MAJA) for a special web page for the fair in Myanmar. Moreover, documents and movies that promote Study and Job in Japan were provided by MAJA, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), MJPF, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), The Japan Foundation (JF) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).  While in Cambodia and Laos, Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) and Laos-Japan Institute (LJI) supported in public relations in each country as co-hosts of the fair.  In total 28 Japanese universities and educational institutions for Myanmar and 20 for Laos and Cambodia had online consultations for those who wish to Study in Japan and to introduce scholarship programs during the fairs. The special web page was published in advance of the fairs to introduce participating institutions and to provide Study in Japan information for participants.  In Myanmar, we organized a Study in Japan fair on site annually for six times, however, the fair for 2021 had to be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the last-minute amendment of consultation method and tools due to the sudden change of social situation in Myanmar, there were 413 participants throughout the period. While 361 attended the online fair for Laos and Cambodia which was the very first attempt for Okayama University.  We continue to organize Study in Japan fairs and seminars for those who wish to Study in Japan even amid COVID-19 pandemic to provide relevant information. 【Outline of the Fairs】 <Online Study in Japan Fair 2021 Myanmar> 1. Date: Sunday 31 January to Saturday 13 February 2021 2. Website: 3. Hosts: - Okayama University - Okayama University Japan Educational Information Center(OJEIC) 4. Co-hosts: - MAJA (Myanmar Association of Japan Alumni) - SUN/SixERS (The Consortium of Six National Universities in Japan) (Chiba University, Niigata University, Kanazawa University, Okayama University, Nagasaki University, Kumamoto University) 5. Cooperators: - JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) - Myanmar-Japan Platform for Human Resource Development - JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Myanmar Office - The Japan Foundation, Yangon 6. Supporters: - Embassy of Japan in Myanmar - JETRO, Yangon <Online Education Fair 2021 Cambodia/Laos> 1. Date: Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 February 2021 2. Website: 3. Hosts: - Okayama University - Okayama University Japan Educational Information Center(OJEIC) 4. Co-hosts: - CJCC (Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center) - LJI (Laos-Japan Institute) - JAC (Japan Alumni of Cambodia) - JAOL (Japan Alumni of Laos) - SUN/SixERS (The Consortium of Six National Universities in Japan) (Chiba University, Niigata University, Kanazawa University, Okayama University, Nagasaki University, Kumamoto University) 5. Supporters: - Embassy of Japan in Cambodia - Embassy of Japan in the Lao PDR


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 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.


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