Operational Support Services for the Human Resources Development for Governmental Officers and Researchers in Mineral Resources Rich Countries (KIZUNA)

Period : 2022/2 - 2025/10

Client : Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

"KIZUNA" is JICA's long-term training program launched in 2014 to develop human resources in the mining sector in developing countries, and aims to support sustainable development in the mining and geothermal sectors in developing countries and contribute a stable supply of mineral resources for Japan. KIZUNA takes in 20 to 30 new long-term participants annually from developing countries, who study in master's or doctoral programs at Japanese universities. In February 2022, Asia SEED was entrusted by JICA to serve as an operational support organization for the program. We are mainly responsible for supporting the selection of participants, orientation programs, short-term programs in summer and spring, internships, programs before returning to their home countries, monitoring after returning to their home countries, and publishing newsletters.

Supporting for Admission to Universities in Japan

Participants enroll in a master’s (2 years) or doctoral (3 years) program at Japanese universities, and obtain a master’s or doctoral degree. Asia SEED assists JICA in the selection of candidates for the program by compiling application documents, arranging interview schedules with candidates and universities, and providing support for the interview implementation.

Coordinating Various Programs

Not only university studies, but also JICA provides the participants with opportunities to join short-term programs in summer and spring and internships to establish networking and gain comprehensive knowledge of mining development including an understanding of mining industry practices. Asia SEED coordinates with relevant organizations and provides support for implementation. We also support other programs such as programs before returning to their home countries and monitoring after returning to their home countries.

Reference: KIZUNA Brochure