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September 8, 2017

Announcement of the 2018 round of admission of the “Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees,” a scholarship program for Syrian refugees

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently began recruiting candidates for the “Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees” for 2018. JICA is cooperating with the local United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in Jordan and Lebanon to widely promote the program to encourage application.
Successful candidates will enroll in Japanese universities in September 2018. For the academic year 2017, 19 were accepted and have already arrived in Japan.
This program is one of the assistance programs for the Middle East region announced by the Government of Japan in May 2016. Through this program, JICA will provide educational opportunities to young Syrians who have been deprived of the opportunity to study and support the development of human resources for the reconstruction of Syria in the future. Over a five-year period, JICA will accept up to 100 participants from among young Syrians who fled to Jordan and Lebanon as refugees.

Program Outline
Title: Japanese Initiative for the future of Syrian Refugees

Purpose: Developing human resources who can act as bridges between Syria and Japan, and lead peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction for the future Syria

Participation period: Maximum of three years (up to one year of research and two years in a Master’s course)

Target participants: Syrians in Lebanon or Jordan who are registered as refugees by the UNHCR or known to be refugees

Number of participants: Up to 100 (approximately 20 per year for five years)

Key fields of study: Engineering, agriculture, information and communication technology, business administration, social sciences, Japanese language/culture

Primary qualifications
・ Holder of Syrian citizenship
・ Between 22 and 39 years of age as of September 1 in the year of arriving in Japan
・ Holder of a bachelor’s degree


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