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Supporting human resources development in Asia
Activities
Higher education support

Background
Standards of living in Asian nations have been going up due to the rapid economic development and at the same time, interests in higher education have increased. However, local universities can not meet the demands either in quality or quantity. On the other hand, the Japanese government has set up a "Plan to accept 100,000 foreign students" trying to increase the number of foreign students. As a result, the number of foreign students studying in Japan has been increasing. Moreover ,the government published a "Plan to accept 300,000 foreign students" expecting to accept further foreign students.However, the situation in Japan as a recipient country for foreign students is not yet comparable with the other developed countries in terms of providing information to the foreign students, and expenses while the students are staying in Japan.

Current activities
Asia SEED understands this concern stated above and through the networks with the higher education institutions with a central focus on overseas and Japanese universities, we have worked to foster excellent human resources, and aimed at further development and to establish a friendly relation between Japan and other countries.


1. Japanese Government:
Field – Oriented Leaders in Environmental Sectors Asia and Africa Program (FOLENS)

Client: Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (re-entrusted project from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Fund: The government of Japan
Purpose: This project aims to collect necessary data and information from the fields to resolve the various environmental problems of Asia and Africa. The other objective is to develop the human resources who can promote the means to introduce the industries with low environmental
load as well as to introduce necessary environmental policy. Asia SEED makes management of the coordination office and the education / research stronghold of universities in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Ghana.
The period of the project is five years from 2009. The expected number of person to be trained is 32 in doctoral degree course and 48 in master degree course respectively.


2. Japanese Government:
IT Engineer Fostering Program for Development of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Higher Foreign Student Education Program in Career Development Program for Students in Japan)

Client: Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (re-entrusted project from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
Fund: The government of Japan
Purpose: Inviting and fostering the excellent Asian students who wish to work in Japan in the field of IT engineering
Role of Asia SEED: To recruit the students and to collect information in China, Thailand and Vietnam

The number of students is 16 in 2009 as the first batch and 8 in 2010 as the second batch.

3. Japanese Government:
Practical Education for the Bridge Human Resource of the Next Generation’s Global Contents (Higher Foreign Student Education Program in Career Development Program for Students in Japan)

Client: Tokyo University of Technology (re-entrusted project from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
Fund: The government of Japan
Purpose: To foster the excellent Asian students in the field of contents such as animation, game and computer graphic (CG)
Role of Asia SEED: To secure the students who wish to work in Japan in future and examine the possible scheme for the students who have to study by their own money.
Although the original project period was decided for three years, it was terminated at the end of 2009 fiscal year by classification of the government undertaking that was executed in 2009.

4. Indonesian Government:
Indonesian Professional Human Resources Development Program III (PHRDP-3)
Client : Indonesian Government(National Development Planning Agency: BAPPENAS, Ministry of Finance)
Fund : Yen Loan by JICA(JBIC)
Role of Asia SEED : Coordination among governments and universities. Support for international students and overall management of program implementation.
 Total 129 linkage students who came to Japan in 2008 were divided into two groups, namely BAPPENAS 70 and MOF 59 respectively. The short term training for 29 MOF staffs was conducted in the theme of “Good governance” in Institute of International Development, Nagoya University. The training program of “Public-Private-Partnership (PPP)” was implemented for 25 BAPPENAS staffs in Institute on Engineering, Miyazaki University in 2008.

5.  Indonesian Government:
The Academic Fellowship Service Program of Development of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN)

Client : UIN
Fund : Yen Loan by JICA(JBIC)
Purpose : Support for studying in Japan to foster young leaders at Human Development Center for Community Health Care in Faculty of Medicine in Indonesia (Master and Doctor Degree)
Role of Asia SEED : Coordination among governments and universities. Support for international students and overall management of program implementation.
In 2008, 12 first batch students admitted to the doctoral degree course of the department of medicine. 15 second batch students sat for the entrance examination in 2008 and 12 of them successfully admitted to the doctoral course (one of them was the research student), 3 of them were decided to enroll in the master degree course.

6. Mitsubishi Corporation
Name of project: Mitsubishi Corporation’s Scholarship Program

Client: Mitsubishi Corporation
Purpose: This is the student supporting program for the Indonesian fellows, which
started in October 2008 by the Mitsubishi Corporation’s scholarship. The total 10 fellows were selected from University of Indonesia (UI) and Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) are studying in not only master course but doctoral course at Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS) of Waseda University and National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).
The Role of Asia SEED is to support the fellows. Two fellows have completed their study in February 2011. One fellow enrolled at GSAPS in April 2011.

7. Tunisian Government:
Fellowship Program for Doctoral Student in Engineering and Technology
Program Name : Human resource fostering program for Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park
Client : Tunisian government(Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology)
Fund : Yen Loan by JICA(JBIC)
Role of Asia SEED : Coordination among governments and universities. Support for international students and overall management of program implementation.
29 fellows successfully admitted to the doctoral degree courses of the following universities in April 2008 after completion of the research student for 6 months. Tsukuba University 15, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology 3, University of Tokyo 2, Hokkaido University 2 and other 7 universities accepted 1 student each.

8. Malaysian Government:
3rd Higher Education Loan Fund Project in Malaysia (HELP3)
Client : Yayasan Pelajaran MARA, Malaysian governmental institution for higher education
Role of Asia SEED : Coordination among governments and universities. Support for international students and overall management of program implementation under assignment by Japanese University Consortium for Transnational-education.
This scholarship program is the twining program that the students are admitted to the 3rd year of the under graduate course of universities in Japan after completion of the study for 3 years in Malaysia (1 year for matriculation and 2 years for university study). 86 fifth batch students were admitted to 3rd year of universities in April 2012 and 57 final batch students will be admitted to April 2013.

9. The Japan Foundation:
Asian Youth Fellowship Program (AYF)
Client : The Japan Foundation
Purpose : To nurture human resources for the regional cooperation and development of the area, as well as to promote and enhance friendship and mutual understanding among Asian countries.
Role of Asia SEED : Coordination among governments and Japanese Embassies in all 11 countries in Asia, The Japan Foundation, and Universities. Networking and Support with cooperate with students and professors(advisor, selector, board members).
AYF program supported 18 students of 14th batch in 2009 and implemented interview to recruit for 18 candidates of 15th batch in 11 countries. Since commencement of the program in 1995, 253 fellows have already recruited in the program and more than 100 students among them have completed their study programs in post graduate courses and returned to each country. The alumni meeting was held in Tokyo in March 2008 and about 30 AYF graduate students attended.
However, AYF program that has continued for the period of 16 years terminated at the end of
March, 2011.


<Main Activity Records>

  • The scholarship program for the Indonesian students who want to pursue in Japanese graduate school  (2008-) Private Corporation
  • The foreign students education program for higher technology in 2008 (practical education for the bridge human resource of the next generation’s global contents) (2008)  Tokyo University of Technology / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • The foreign students education program for higher technology in 2008 (IT  engineer fostering program for advanced manufacturing ) (2008) Tokyo  University of Agriculture and Technology / Ministry of Economy, Trade and  Industry
  • The 3rd “ Malaysia Higher Education Loan Fund Program: HELP3” (2007-) Japanese Universities Consortium for Transnational- education (JUCTe)
  • The training program for the teaching staffs of Indian Institute of Information Technology in Japan (2007)  Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • ”The academic fellowship service program for the Tunisian students in the doctoral degree course of engineering in Japan” (2007-)  Tunisian government /JBIC
  • The 3rd Indonesia Professional Human Resources Development Program
    (PHRDP-3) (2007-)  Indonesian Government / JBIC
  • The academic fellowship service program for the students of the department of medicine of State Islamic University of Indonesia  (2007-)  UIN /JBIC
  • The support program for employment of the Japanese language lecturers on”The higher education support plan ( ITsector) in Vietnam” (2006) JBIC
  • The SOI-ASIA project, a distance education system utilizing IT (2003-2004) University / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
  • The 2nd "Malaysia Higher Education Loan Fund Program: HELP2" (1999-) Malaysian government (YPM) / JBIC
  • "Asian Youth Fellowship Program: AYF" (1995-present) The Japan Foundation
  • Infrastructure development for Information Economy (Education program using IT for Asia) (2001-2002) University / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
  • "Thailand-Japan Technology Transfer Project: TJTTP" (1996-2005) Thai government / Private enterprises / JBIC
  • Feasibility Study on "Fund loan for higher education (II" project in Malaysia (2001-2002) JBIC
  • Research for preparatory education system for international student in Toyama prefecture in Japan (2000-2002) Toyama prefectural government
  • Feasibility Study on "Fund loan for higher education" project in Malaysia (1998) OECF
  • The 2nd "Indonesian Professional Human Resources Development Program" (PHRDP-I) (1996-2004) Indonesian government (BAPPENAS), MOF, BPPT/JBIC
  • Support Project for Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia (IPB-OECF) (1996-2002) Bogor Agricultural University / JBIC
  • Support Project for Bandon Technological University in Indonesia (ITB-OECF) (1995-2002) Bandon Technological University / JBIC
  • Support Project for Syiah Kuala University in Indonesia (UNSYIAH-OECF) (1994-2003) Syiah Kuala University / JBIC
  • The 1st "Malaysia Higher Education Loan Fund Program: HELP1" (1993-2001) Malaysian government (YPM) / JBIC
  • Development project for science technology in Indonesia (STAID/WB) (1992-1997) Indonesian government (BPPT)/ World Bank
  • Development project for science technology in Indonesia (STAID/OECF) (1992-1997) Indonesian government (BPPT) / OECF
  • The 1st "Indonesian Professional Human Resources Development Program" (PHRDP-I) (1996-2004) Indonesian government (BAPPENAS), MOF/OECF in Japan
  • Academic Support Services for STMD Program (1989-1995) Indonesian government (BPPT) / OECF
  • Overseas Fellowship Program (1986-1992) Indonesian government (BPPT) / World Bank
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