JST (Michiharu Nakamura, President) made the final selections from the second call for proposals for the new 2014 SAKURA Exchange Program in Science.
The goals of the SAKURA Exchange Program in Science are to work within the framework of close collaboration of industry, academia, and government to invite outstanding Asian youth for a short stay in Japan and to enhance productive exchanges between these youth and Japanese youth engaged in science and technology. Concurrently, this program aims to promote interest in cutting-edge Japanese science and technology among outstanding Asian youth, and thus, to encourage capacity building of these youth.
The second call for proposals began on Monday June 23, 2014 and was closed on Friday, July 18. A total of 211 proposals were received. JST selected 88 successful exchange proposals for implementation based on the recommendations by the Sakura Exchange Program in Science Committee, a committee comprises of members from JST and outside specialists.
The selected proposals were 60 exchange plans from universities (including technical junior colleges and high schools), 16 from public foundations and public research institutes, 10 from business enterprises, and 2 from municipalities in Japan (Table 1). The total number of program invitees is expected to be 902 (Table 2).
As contracts are signed, the exchange programs are scheduled to start as early as in September. Relevant information and activities reports can be seen at the following URL: http://ssp.jst.go.jp/EN/index.html
For further information
Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science Promotion Office
Japan Science and Technology Agency
5-3 Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666 Japan
Tel: +81-(0)3-5214-0095 Fax: +81-(0)3-5214-8445