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Gov’t backs study abroad

  • September 24, 2018
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 18
  • JMH Translation

The tripartite project implemented by the national government, local governments, and businesses for supporting students studying overseas has become popular. It is designed to foster young people who will work in their hometowns with international perspective. In 2018, the project was carried out at 22 localities across the country. The number doubled compared to three years ago when the project started. The project features an internship at local companies for students to have working experience before they go abroad. Local governments and companies are paying attention to the project in an effort to increase young people who will be locally employed.

 

The project is the “regional human resources development course,” one of the Study Abroad Initiatives sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It targets university and technical college students. Applicants are required to make their own plan to study abroad according to subjects set by each region. If approved after document screening and interview, students will participate in an internship to study local requirements before they go overseas.

 

For example, in the case of Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, which was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake [in 2011], the municipal government set the decommissioning of nuclear reactors and renewable energy as its subjects and send students to Sweden and Australia. Ishikawa Prefecture, where a growing number of foreign tourists are visiting, send students to Malaysia to have them study “halal foods” that follow Islamic precepts.

 

The national government pays a half to one-third of school, travel and living expenses and the rest is covered by donations from companies. Under the project, local companies can advertise their overseas projects to students who are interested in employment in their hometowns. This will, a company official says, benefit those companies as it will lead to early securing of promising human resources. (Abridged)

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