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Mext presentation 2011 2013 tuesday 27

  1. 1. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships
  2. 2. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology <ul><li>(MEXT) </li></ul><ul><li>Two programmes available to UK students: </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate scholarships for Japanese Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate scholarships for research or study </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Available to UK students enrolled on undergraduate Japanese studies courses at UK Universities </li></ul><ul><li>One fully-funded academic year at a Japanese university – language, culture, history etc </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment takes place in January of each year </li></ul><ul><li>4 scholarships available per year </li></ul>Undergraduate scholarships for Japanese Studies
  4. 4. <ul><li>Independent research – no formal qualification gained </li></ul><ul><li>Masters (2 years) </li></ul><ul><li>PhD (5 years) </li></ul>Postgraduate scholarships for research or study
  5. 5. <ul><li>Open to students of all disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusions - majors in traditional entertainment </li></ul><ul><li> subjects that require practical training in specific technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Former MEXT Scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Archaeology </li></ul><ul><li>Biomechanical Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Fine Art </li></ul><ul><li>Gender Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Particle and Theoretical Physics </li></ul><ul><li>International Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Marine Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Paediatrics </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese video games </li></ul><ul><li>NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OFJAPANESE LANGUAGE IS NECESSARY </li></ul>What can be studied?
  6. 6. <ul><li>High educational standards </li></ul><ul><li>Superior research, IT and library facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Course studies and research programmes </li></ul><ul><li>in virtually any field </li></ul>Why Japan?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Engineering and Information Technology Natural Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>6= University of Tokyo 8 University of Tokyo </li></ul><ul><li>Kyoto University 10= Kyoto University </li></ul><ul><li>Tokyo Institute of Technology 36 Osaka University </li></ul><ul><li>Osaka University 48 Tokyo Institute of Tech </li></ul><ul><li> 49 Tohoku University </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>University of Tokyo </li></ul><ul><li>Kyoto University </li></ul><ul><li>49= Waseda University </li></ul><ul><li>Life Sciences and Biomedicine </li></ul><ul><li>University of Tokyo </li></ul><ul><li>13= Kyoto University </li></ul><ul><li>Osaka University </li></ul><ul><li>Social Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>University of Tokyo </li></ul><ul><li>29 Kyoto University </li></ul>Times Higher Education World University Rankings Top 50 by core subject areas
  8. 8. <ul><li>1 Multi-disciplinary 1.32 </li></ul><ul><li>2 Immunology 1.19 </li></ul><ul><li>3 Space Science 1.15 </li></ul><ul><li>4 Plant & Animal Science 1.07 </li></ul><ul><li>5 Chemistry 1.04 </li></ul><ul><li>6 Physics 1.03 </li></ul><ul><li>7 Material Science 1.01 </li></ul><ul><li>8 Geosciences 1.00 </li></ul>Relative citation impact by research field in Japan
  9. 9. <ul><li>132, 720 foreign students studying in Japan (as of 1 May 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Japan aims to receive 300,000 international students by 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009, 13 universities were selected to be core universities for internationalisation </li></ul><ul><li>1) Expansion of course programmes by which degrees can be earned </li></ul><ul><li>through English-only classes </li></ul><ul><li>2) Enhancement of systems for receiving/hosting international students </li></ul><ul><li>3) Provision of opportunities to learn about Japanese language and culture </li></ul><ul><li>4) Promotion of strategic international cooperation </li></ul>Global 30 Project
  10. 10. <ul><li>Diverse mix of: </li></ul><ul><li>Old and new </li></ul><ul><li>East and West </li></ul><ul><li>Natural and artificial </li></ul>Exposure to a rich culture
  11. 11. Get involved with university clubs
  12. 12. <ul><li>Choice of 2 departure dates: </li></ul><ul><li>2 years from April </li></ul><ul><li>18 months from October </li></ul><ul><li>Tenure can be extended upon </li></ul><ul><li>completion of relevant </li></ul><ul><li>examinations and procedures </li></ul>How long does the scholarship last?
  13. 13. <ul><li>Hold a UK passport </li></ul><ul><li>Be graduates or due to graduate by September of the year depart for Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Be under the age of 35 as of April of year depart for Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Must demonstrate a real interest in Japan, it’s language and culture </li></ul>Eligibility
  14. 14. <ul><li>Monthly allowance of ¥ 150,000 </li></ul><ul><li>6-month language course* </li></ul><ul><li>*This may not be necessary in all cases </li></ul><ul><li>Return airfare to Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Help with finding accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Health cover </li></ul><ul><li>Visa allowing part time work </li></ul>Benefits
  15. 15. <ul><li>Network of MEXT Alumni in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Funding available for projects linking UK and Japan: exhibitions, book launches </li></ul>British Association of Monbukagakusho Scholars (BAMS)
  16. 16. <ul><li>13 Scholarships per year </li></ul><ul><li>Apply by June of year previous to year you wish to depart for Japan – suitable for final year students who can depart in April at the earliest, or penultimate year students who can depart in October </li></ul><ul><li>Independent research: detailed plan of research, including aims and methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Taught courses: statement supporting course choice </li></ul><ul><li>Academic records and 2 references </li></ul>Application Process
  17. 17. <ul><li>Evidence of extra-curricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to further UK-Japan relations upon completion of tenure </li></ul><ul><li>Examinations on the Japanese and English languages </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese results are largely used as a gauge to place successful Scholars in suitable language classes in Japan </li></ul>In addition...
  18. 18. <ul><li>Application period opens April – </li></ul><ul><li>Application deadline Wednesday, 9 June 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews Late June/early July 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Interview results Mid-July 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Confirmation of University placement January – March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Visa processing 3 weeks prior to departure </li></ul><ul><li>Departure for Japan April/October 2011 </li></ul>Application timetable
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ My time in Japan will stay with me my whole life. Not only did I have opportunity to research in wonderful locations with excellent mentors, but I also made friends from Japan and around the world. The experience has made me a stronger person and I would absolutely recommend anyone to go for it as well.” </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Bouquet, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima (Volcanology) </li></ul><ul><li>“ My two years as a MEXT Scholar gave me academic and life opportunities in a way that no other scholarship could. The experience of studying at a Japanese university and living in Japan is one I would strongly recommend to anyone, regardless of what career they’re thinking of developing.” </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Dusinberre, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (History) </li></ul>From previous Scholars...
  20. 20. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Japan Information and Cultural Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Embassy of Japan </li></ul><ul><li>101-104 Piccadilly </li></ul><ul><li>London W1J 7JT </li></ul><ul><li>t: 020 7465 6583 </li></ul><ul><li>e: </li></ul>For further information...