September 20, 2017
The ties between Ethiopia and Japan go all the way back to the 1930s when the two nations signed a Treaty of Friendship and Commerce. Almost eight decades later the relationship is still going strong and the focus has now turned towards industrialization. As Ethiopia looks toward educating her population and propelling the country towards middle-income status by 2025, steps have been taken to educate the youth in Eastern Asian countries, including Japan.
At the same time, the Japanese Government is committed to Africa's development and tapping into the industrialization efforts being carried out throughout Africa, including Ethiopia. The Ethio-Japan Student Exchange Fair 2017 was initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT) in Japan, to accelerate the implementation of the government's globalization policy. Japan hopes to increase the number of foreign students in Japan to upwards of 300,000 from around the world by 2020.
As a result, Hokkaido University in Japan took the lead in organizing the Fair held at Addis Ababa University (AAU) on September 20, 2017. Seven Universities from Japan participated in the fair including: Hokkaido University, Kyoto University (KU), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture, International University of Japan, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Utsunomiya University, as well as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Representatives of the universities presented the graduate, post-graduate and post-doctoral courses available at their institutions as well as scholarship opportunities for Ethiopian students and researchers. Additional one-on-one consultations were also made available to interested individuals.
At a side event during the Fair, the Presidents of Addis Ababa University and Kyoto University took the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate research projects going forward.