IGNOU, University of Tokyo seek collaboration
27 June, 2012
In an effort to attract more and more Indian students to explore educational opportunities in Japan, the University of Tokyo has sought collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
“Presently, there are 1.4 lakh Indian students studying in Japan. The Japanese government wants to invite more and more Indian students, mainly in the field of research in science and technology," said Hiroshi Yoshino, Director, University of Tokyo, while visiting IGNOU recently.
Emphasising on student and faculty exchange programmes between the two countries, he elaborated upon summer-training workshops where they invite 100 students from abroad to explore the educational opportunities.
“We invite 60 students from all over the world for full scholarship, but, unfortunately, there is no student from India at the moment,” he said, adding there is no language barrier in Japan.
According to IGNOU Vice Chancellor Prof. M. Aslam, both the countries should benefit from such collaboration. “I would like to see IGNOU technical staff being trained at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the faculty-exchange programme."
"With such collaboration, more and more Indian students would seek Japan as their destination next in near future,” he added.
The JICA is the primary Japanese governmental agency responsible for technical cooperation component of Japan's bilateral ODA (Japan's Official Development Assistance) programme.
The meeting was attended by IGNOU International Division Director Dr Kusum Sharma and K. Ravikant, Director, EMPC.