August 21, 2017
Eighteen students  have arrived in Japan for the first year of the Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees (JISR),  a scholarship program for Syrian refugees.
One of the assistance programs for the Middle East announced by the Government of Japan in May 2016, the JISR will provide educational opportunities to young Syrians who have been deprived of the chance for an education due to the crisis in Syria, and will offer Masters courses for capacity-building to reconstruct Syria’s future.
Aimed at young Syrians who fled to Jordan and Lebanon as refugees, the program will allow, within the framework of technical cooperation, a maximum of 100 students to come to Japan in five groups of cohorts through 2021.
This program is the first for JICA under which refugees will be accepted as students and will be carried out in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which has expertise in providing assistance to refugees.
The students will attend an orientation for approximately three weeks where they will attend lectures on basic Japanese language skills, Japanese culture and the daily life customs in Japan. After the orientation, they will be admitted to Master courses or in research programs at 11 Japanese universities where they will study for two to three years.
1: A total of 19 students are expected to come to Japan for the first year.
2: The word “jisr” means “bridge” in Arabic.