Japan’s national research and development organization, the Japan Science & Technology (JST) Agency, is launching a fully government-funded program that allows Indian students aged 12 to 40 to make short-term visits to Japan to exchange knowledge with their Japanese counterparts. The initiative aims to promote science and technology and address social issues through collaboration between universities, research institutions, and industries in Japan and overseas. The program is part of Japan’s efforts to attract highly skilled and talented Indian youth, given its aging population and decreasing youth demographic. The initiative includes exposure visits to the JST Agency office in Tokyo, as well as interactions with Japanese schools, colleges, and universities.
A delegation of top educationists, including chairmen, principals, and deans from 15 colleges in South Indian states, recently visited the JST Agency office in Tokyo as part of the Indo-Japan Educational Tour to Japan. The delegation also visited various educational institutions in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, interacting with students, faculty, and management.
The program is seen as an opportunity for exposure and interest to be created among Indian students, fostering collaboration and addressing Japan’s challenges in hiring highly skilled talent. The delegation’s visit included meetings at the Indian embassy in Tokyo, Sakura International School, Osaka International School, the Japanese government-aided school Shotoku Gakuen, Musashi University, Juntendo University, Kansai University, Aygaran Kinder Garden, and Primary School.
The First World Community (FWC), a networking NPO from Chennai, and the Indo-Japan bridge organization KCCS co-organized the Indo-Japan Educational Tour to Japan. The initiative is supported by FWC from India, and the FWC Japan Osaka Chapter was established in Moriguchi, Osaka, in September 2023. The delegation included representatives from educational institutions with a cumulative strength of around two lakh students. The Japanese side, including Osaka Mayor Moriguchi san and other government officials, expressed interest in collaborating with India in the field of education.
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