October 26, 2018
Hyderabad, October 26, 2018: Today, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) hold the 7th Edition of the ‘IIT Hyderabad - Japan Collaboration Academic Fair' organized under the JICA-FRIENDSHIP Project. The purpose of the fair is to introduce a clear vision of career in Japan to the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) students including study environment, career, and life in Japan. Faculty and staff members of prestigious Japanese universities, such as the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, Keio University, Hiroshima University came to recruit IIT-H graduates and expected graduates for their Master/Doctoral Programs.
Invited as the Special Guest Speaker for this years' occasion, Dr. Yuichiro Anzai, former President of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) made Special Remarks on "Technological Innovation and Human Resources for the Future". The fair was attended by more than 200 students who received energetic and encouraging messages from Dr. Anzai and other speakers. IIT-H students also proactively visited Japanese Universities' information booths to understand the career opportunities in Japan.
During the Fair, JICA announced the scholarship program for IIT-H students to study in internationally renowned universities of Japan. These Scholarships will be offered to 30 graduating students of IIT-H to pursue masters or Ph.D. and will cover tuition fees and living cost in Japan. Since 2012, 91 IIT-H graduates, including 20 students of Masters and 71 Ph.D. students have received scholarship to study in 14 different universities in Japan from the JICA-FRIENDSHIP project. Among these students, several joined in famous Japanese companies and very famous and esteemed Universities and Research Institutes.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "Enhancing the Academia-Industry network between Japan and India is one of the most important investments for both countries' long- term friendship. In this connection, JICA has been engaging in various initiatives with IIT-H, and IIT-H has become a very special place for both countries. Introducing this unique scholarship program for the youth is a long-term investment that aims at improving the future of the two nations. It gives me immense pleasure to invite the talented graduates of IIT Hyderabad to encounter interesting research topics, cultural experiences and future opportunities in Japan."
The JICA-FRIENDSHIP project has been initiated in 2012 to facilitate the development of a research network between institutes of higher education and industrial clusters in Japan with IIT-H that would lead to excellence in education and applied research in science and engineering.
JICA is also extending integrated support to IIT-H through ODA (Official Development Assistance) loan of 23,035 million Japanese yen (over INR 1,300 Crore) for IIT-H campus development. JICA's support is facilitating the development of International Guesthouse, Sports & Cultural Complex, Technology and Incubation Park, Convention Centre, Research Centre Complex, and Knowledge Centre, procurement of high-end laboratory equipment in IIT-H permanent campus.
L-R: Mr. Yoshiki Ehara, Representative, JICA India Office, Dr. Yuichiro Anzai, Former President JSPS and Mr. U.B Desai, Director, IIT-H addressed the students during the Academic Fair
Established by a specific law as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to promote international cooperation as the sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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