With the aim of attracting more and more Indian students to increasing higher education opportunities in Japan, a one-day Japan Education Fair was held at Delhi Public School, ( DPS) RKPuram here in the capital Delhi.
The fair organized by the Ritsumeikan India Office in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, The Japan Foundation and DPS, RK Puram was inaugurated by Rear Admiral MMChopra, Vice-President, DPS society in the presence of Professor Monte Cassim, Vice- Chancellor, The Ritsumeikan Trust, Japan, Mr. Ryoji Noda, Counselor, Embassy of Japan in India, Prof Ashok K. Shawla, Head Professor, Office of Ritsumeikan India and Dr DR Saini, Principal, DPS RKPuram.
About 11 top Japanese universities including Doshisha, Kyushu, Meiji, Nagoya, Osaka, Ritsumeikan APU, Ritsumeikan, The Univ. of Tokyo, Tohoku, Univ. de Tsukuba and Waseda participated in the fair and provided advice and information to visiting Indian students who intend to study in Japan. The information provided by the participating universities covered their education system, educational programs, admission procedures and characteristics.
“The Japan Education Fair, which is part of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and India, was designed to provide Indian students and educators with up-to-date and correct information on Japanese higher education and research by participating institutions and organizations in order to help students choose an appropriate school and achieve their academic goals, thereby promoting study in Japan. ” Said Mr. Satoshi Hata, General Manager of Ritsumeikan India Office, one of the main organizers of the fair.
âThe main objective of the fair was to remove the inhibition of the language barrier in the minds of Indian students, because enrolling in some major Japanese universities is no longer a language challenge. English is now the medium of instruction in some courses of the best Japanese universities, thanks to the “Global-30 Project”, an initiative of the Japanese government launched in 2009 to globalize higher education in Japan.One of the important missions of the project is attracting excellent students from all over the world. The Initiative has set itself an ambitious goal of enrolling 300,000 international students by 2020, “said Prof. Monte Cassim, Vice-Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust, at a ‘a speech on this occasion.
The main draw for Indian students studying in Japan is a clear gain in improved employment opportunities in Japanese companies, which are growing steadily across India and looking for excellent Indian staff, preferably with knowledge of Japan. and an understanding of the Japanese language if possible.
At present, around 600 Indian students study in Japan compared to a lakh in the United States. This is mainly due to the low level of awareness. This fair will help raise awareness and attract more Indian students to Japan.
âWe don’t have a specific goal in mind, but we want just one more Indian student to come and study in Japan. To encourage Indians to pursue higher education in Japan, the Japanese government annually awards around 70 scholarships to deserving students. the scholarship covers airfare, tuition, and living expenses.In addition to the various scholarships awarded by the Japanese government, individual universities, educational foundations and some companies, international students are also legally allowed to work up to 28 hours per week when universities are in session and up to eight hours per day during holidays, âsaid Mr. Ryoji Noda, Counselor at the Japanese Embassy in India.
âThe University of Tokyo has also opened an office in Bangalore to educate Indian students about educational opportunities in Japan and encourage them to apply to study in Japan. Japan has many top educational institutions and strives to attract Indian students. Japan as an educational destination because India is one of the most important countries for Japan in terms of academic partnership. A similar Japan Education Fair is organized in Bangalore on September 1, 2012.
Other highlights of the show were studying in Japan, joint India-Japan research, career opportunities and scholarships as well as visa issues. The speakers are prominent educators, a human resources manager of a well-known Japanese company, and business staff who studied in Japan, etc.
Japanese animation, Chibi Maruko-Chan and Saras by chad kar (dubbed in Hindi) and videos on advanced Japanese and environmental technologies, the exhibition of Origami (paper folding crafts), Ikebana (arrangement floral) and Japanese calligraphy.