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Activities in Senegal

Master's Degree and Internship Program of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative 2017)

NEW! ABE Initiative 2017: Application is open until OCT-13, 2017!

The application is planned to be open from August to 13th October 2017 for the participants leaving for Japan in September 2018.

Once the application is open, you can download the General Information and the Application Form of the program from the following website: http://education-japan.org/africa/ (external link)

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1. Background

Africa's economy has been steadily increasing since 2000, due to factors such as its abundant natural resources and expansion of trade and investments. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that growth rates in Africa will remain as high as 5.4% up to 2016. While each African nation sets a target for sustainable economic development, political implementation, aimed at turning commodity-based economies into multifaceted industrialized economies through developing primary and secondary industries, is an urgent matter. On the other hand, the International Labor Organization (ILO) points out that the number of youth unemployment in Africa has reached nearly 75 million, almost one third of the youth population (200 million) in the whole region. Given these circumstances, it is expected that the yield of value-added industries and the realization of high productivity of industries in Africa, will resolve the issue as they generate job opportunities, and bring about more stabilized economies. Moreover, Japanese enterprises are showing strong recognition of and interest in a prosperous Africa.

At the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), held in Yokohama in 2013, Japan's Government stated its policy of promoting support for the ongoing dynamic growth of Africa with stronger public-private partnerships. In his speech, Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced the "African Business Education Initiative for the Youth (hereafter, referred to as the "ABE Initiative"), a strategic five-year plan providing 1,000 youths in Africa with opportunities to study at Japanese universities as well as do internships at Japanese enterprises. Prior to the TICAD V, Japanese industries, including the Federation of Economic Organizations (KEIDANREN) and the Japanese government, had made a joint recommendation for TICAD V at "Public-Private Council for the Promotion of TICADV". These bodies pointed out that there is a need for human resource development in both private and public sectors of Africa in order to cultivate a strong human network between Japan and Africa. The recommendation also mentioned the significance of increasing the number of African people visiting Japan, as well as increasing awareness among Africans regarding the efficiency of Japanese technologies and systems of enterprises. The ABE Initiative was launched based on this recommendation.

JICA has been appointed to implement a master's degree and internship program within the ABE initiative framework developed for countries whose official requests have been approved by the Government of Japan.

2. Objective

The objective of the ABE Initiative master's degree and internship program is to support young personnel who have the potential to contribute to the development of industries in Africa. This program offers opportunities for young African men and women to study at master's courses in Japanese universities as international students (hereafter referred to as participants) and experience internships at Japanese enterprises. The aim is for them to develop effective skills in order for them to contribute to various fields. Beyond acquisition of skills and knowledge, this program also intends to cultivate excellent personnel who can recognize and understand the contexts of Japanese society and systems of Japanese enterprises. The expected outcome of the program is a network of potential contributors to the development of African industries who will also lead Japanese businesses to engage further in economic activities in/towards Africa.

3. Target Participants

This program targets on the participant who will take a role as a pioneer for developing African industries through the collaboration with Japanese private sector. Target participants are selected from the following three categories.

  1. Persons from the Private Sector
    Young individuals who are or will be involved in economic activities in the local private sector maintaining and developing strong ties with Japanese companies.
  2. Governmental Officials
    Young officials, such as civil servants, who take part in governance and policy-making in order to enhance industries to whose development Japanese companies can contribute.
  3. Educators
    Young individuals who are responsible for educating in Higher Education and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutions in Africa, in order to enhance capacity building in related industries.

4. Eligible applicants

  1. Citizens of one of the 54 African countries
  2. Between 22 and 39 years old (as of April 1st 2017for the 4th Batch participants)
  3. A bachelor's degree (equivalent to at least 16 years of academic background)
  4. Applicants from government sectors/ educators who have both of the following:
    -At least 6 months working experience at their current organization
    -Permission from their current organization to apply
  5. Have adequate English skills, both in written and oral communication to complete the master’s course.
  6. Clearly understand the objective of this program and have a strong will to contribute to the industrial development of their country while broadening and strengthening the linkage between their country and Japan
  7. Not currently applying or planning to apply to scholarship programs offered by other organizations
  8. Have good health condition, both physically and mentally, to complete the program
  9. Not Military personnel

5. Number of Participants/ Durations

Participants will be selected and dispatched to Japan in 4 batches and the number of participants for each batch is planned as follows.

  • 1st batch (arrival in Japan in 2014): 150 participants from 4 countries (Republic of Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Mozambique and Republic of South Africa)
  • 2nd batch (arrival in Japan in 2015): 350 participants from 54 African countries
  • 3rd batch (arrival in Japan in 2016): 300 participants from 54 African countries
  • 4th batch (arrival in Japan in 2017): 100 participants from 54 African countries
  • 5th batch (arrival in Japan in 2018) : 200 participants from 54 African countries

It is expected that the duration of stay in Japan will be a maximum of 3 years. (6 months as a research student, 2 years as a student for master course and 6 months as an intern)

6. Application Documents for the 5th Batch

The application is planned to be open from August to 13th October 2017 for the participants leaving for Japan in September 2018. Once the application is open, you can download the General Information and the Application Form of the program from the following website: https://www.jica.go.jp/english/countries/africa/internship.html (en anglais uniquement)

The application must be submitted to the project office or contact point in each country (see below).

N.B. If you are a resident in a foreign country, you must submit your application in your country of origin, NOT in your country of residence. For example, Guinean nationals living in Senegal must submit their application in Guinea, not in Senegal.

< Senegal >
ABE Initiative Project Office in Senegal
Regus Dakar City Centre, Azur 15 Building, 12 Bld Djily Mbaye, Dakar, SENEGAL
+221 33 829 64 31

< Cabo Verde >
National Directorate of Political Affairs and Cooperation
Ministry of External Relations – MIREX
C.P. 60
Praia – Cabo Verde

< Gambia >
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Banjul – The Gambia

< Guinea >
Directeur Général Afrique – Asie
Ministère de la Coopération Internationale
Conakry – Guinée

< Guinea Bissau >
Direcção de Cooperação Internacional
559 78 77
Bissau – Guinea Bissau

< Mali >
Directeur Asie Océanie
Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, de la Coopération Internationale et de l'Intégration Africaine
Bamako – Mali

< Mauritanie >
Directeur Général des Investissements publics et de la Coopération Economique
Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances
B.P. 238
Nouakchott – Mauritanie

If you are a citizen of other African countries, please contact JICA office in your country or JICA Headquarter to find out where to submit your application.

7. Inquiry

Citizens of Senegal, please contact to:

ABE Initiative Project Office in Senegal
Regus Dakar City Centre, Azur 15 Building, 12 Bld Djily Mbaye, Dakar, SENEGAL
+221 33 829 64 31

Citizens of Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Mauritania, please contact to:
JICA Senegal Office


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