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Focus on Higher Education


Higher education is a key part of JICA's mission of Inclusive and Dynamic Development, which encourages people to recognize the development issues they face and participate in addressing them. It's hard to imagine an endeavor that could better further that goal than higher education. JICA's efforts in higher education have included increasing capacity at universities in various countries and regions, which includes boosting the skills of faculty members and providing more educational and research material and equipment. And recently, JICA cooperated in creating a new university, the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, which opened in 2010. It focuses on science and technology and aims to combat Egypt's brain drain. Since 2003, JICA has also cooperated in the training of 900 engineering faculty members from universities in member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Finally, the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development project has helped students from conflict-wracked Afghanistan enroll in Japanese universities. The graduates will use their new-gained skills in reconstruction and development in their home country.


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