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  • ABE Initiative Master's and Internship Program for Youth 8th Batch & SDGs Global Leader Masters and PhD Program 2021 (Deadline for Application: 9 October 2020 for 2021 Enrolment)

ABE Initiative Master's and Internship Program for Youth 8th Batch & SDGs Global Leader Masters and PhD Program 2021 (Deadline for Application: 9 October 2020 for 2021 Enrolment)

A. African Business Education (ABE) Initiative for Youth 8th Batch (for 2021)

Background:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the commencement of the ABE Initiative at the Fifth Tokyo Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in Yokohama, Japan, in 2013. The ABE Initiative aims to develop human resources in both public and private sectors. More than 1,200 participants from all the 54 countries have joined the program since 2014. The program has provided African youths with opportunities to study at Japanese universities and to work at Japanese enterprises.

Eligible Applicants:

The ABE Initiative aims at fostering leaders with proven ability to contribute towards Africa's development in collaboration with the Japanese private sector. JICA is looking for prominent young South African nationals who are or anticipating to be involved in industrial development activities in both public and private sectors, and who have strong motivation to strengthen economic ties between South Africa and Japan.

Duration of Programme:

September 2021 - August 2024

Up to two and half years will be allocated for a Master's Degree.

Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of South Africa
  • Be less than 40 (as of 1 April 2021)
  • Have some work experience
  • Have good health condition, both physically and mentally, to complete the program
  • Bachelor's degree (B-Tech included) with honours or equivalent to NQF8 or above
  • Minimum average of 65% score in academic transcript
  • Have good understanding of the ABE Initiative's objectives
  • Have adequate English skills in both written and oral communication

B. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Global Leader Program (for 2021)

Background:

The SDGs Global Leader Program aims to capacitate young or mid-career human resources who are contributing towards addressing challenges faced in various fields through strengthening the collaboration between Africa and Japan, and through the implementation of political strategic decision-making and implementation.

Eligible Applicants:

Prospective applicants should ideally be middle-management government officials or academics who wish to be involved in policy formulation, political and development issues, and who are passionate about making a difference in public policy administration and economics. Furthermore, participants of the programme may wish to participate in "Additional Programmes" which allow for participation to networking fairs with Japanese enterprises and internship opportunities. Participants are also encouraged to participate in the Japan Development Studies Programme (JICA-DSP), which provides knowledge on Japan's modernisation, World War II, and development experiences.

Duration of Programme:

September 2021 - August 2024

Two years will be allocated for a Master's Degree, and three years for a Ph.D. (depending on university offering).

Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be less than 40 (before 1 April 2021)
  • Must hold a Bachelor's degree (B-Tech included) with honours or equivalent to NQF8 and average of 65% in academic transcripts for Master's Degree
  • Must hold Master degree (NQF9) and minimum average of 65% in academic transcripts for Doctor's Degree
  • Have more than six months working experience in the current organization
  • Must obtain permission to apply and secure reinstatement from the current organization
  • Must have adequate English skills in both written and oral communication

Program Outline and Application Form:

Attachment links

Deadline for Application:

9 October, 2020

Submit both soft and hard copies;
(1) Email marked PDF files of application documents (Less than 4MB in a mail), and
(2) Submit the original documents to the following address:

ABE Program

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) South Africa Office
Lord Charles Office Block, Building B, 1st Floor 337
Brooklyn Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 0081
P.O. Box 14068, Hatfield, 0028
Republic of South Africa

* No late application will be accepted.

Queries

Eva Nderumaki (Ms)

E-mail: Nderumakieva.SO@jica.go.jp
Tel: +27 (0)12 346 4493
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) South Africa

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