Japan Science and Technology Agency (hereinafter JST; President: Michinari Hamaguchi) made the final selections from the third call for proposals for FY2015 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 the government of Japan to invite outstanding Asian youth for a short stay in Japan and to enhance productive exchanges between Japanese and Asian 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 and to contribute to the enhanced innovation in Asia.
The third call for proposals opened on September 1, 2015 and closed on October 16, 2015. JST received a total of 123 exchange proposals, and selected 91 successful ones for implementation based on the recommendations by the Sakura Exchange Program in Science Committee, a committee that consists of members from JST and outside specialists.
The selected proposals were 74 exchange plans from universities, technical colleges and high schools, 11 from public foundations and public research institutes, 3 from private enterprises, and 3 from local governments (Table 1). The total number of program invitees is expected to be 803 (Table 2).
As contracts are signed, the exchange programs are scheduled to start respectively. Relevant information and activities reports can be found at http://ssp.jst.go.jp/EN/index.html
Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science Promotion Office, JST
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