Japan Science and Technology Agency (hereinafter JST; President: Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi) made the final selections from the 2nd call for proposals for SAKURA Exchange Program in Science in Japanese fiscal year of 2016.
The goals of the SAKURA Exchange Program in Science are to work under close collaboration of industry, academia, and government 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, the 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 enhanced innovation in Asia.
The exchange program has expanded its eligibility covering 35 countries and regions starting from JFY2016 from the previous 15 eligible countries and regions.
Further, the program now incorporates multiple-year programs(*) encouraging longer and continuous exchange programs in addition to single year plans.
The 2nd call for proposals opened on June 1, 2016 and closed on July 14th, 2016. JST received a total of 258 exchange proposals (of which 36 mutli-year proposals), and selected 200 successful ones (17 multi-year plans inclusive) 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 82 exchange plans from universities, technical colleges and high schools, 22 from public foundations and public research institutes, 2 from private enterprises, and 3 from local governments and other (Table 2). The total number of program invitees is expected to be 1,951 (Table 1).
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
(*) Multi-year (up to three years) exchange programs have been added starting JFY 2016 and are expected to bring about more effective results.
Nobuyuki Fukasawa (Mr.)
Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science Promotion Office, JST
5-3 Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666 Japan