Public Relations Office December 21, 2016
On December 13, the Osaka Japanese Language Education Center of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and Kwansei Gakuin University signed an agreement on preferential admission for international students from Myanmar. The objective is to train human resources who can serve as bridges between Japan and Myanmar. Kwansei Gakuin is the first Japanese university to enter into this kind of agreement with Osaka Japanese Language Education Center.
Under the terms of the agreement, Kwansei Gakuin University will set up a system of preferential admission for international students from Myanmar. Beginning in April 2017, Osaka Japanese Language Education Center will recommend up to five students per year for admission to Kwansei Gakuin. The students recommended under this system will receive financial assistance from the Iuchi Charitable Trust Scholarship for International Students. The program is for students who have completed a certain amount of Japanese language study in Myanmar and are expected to complete the university entrance curriculum at the Osaka Japanese Language Education Center.
The Iuchi Charitable Trust Scholarship for International Students was established with a ¥500 million grant from Hideo Iuchi, a graduate of the School of Sociology of Kwansei Gakuin University, who is the former Chairman of AS ONE Corporation, a company that sells research equipment. Students from Myanmar will receive assistance in the form of airfare, tuition, and living expenses, along with scholarships from Hideo Iuchi’s wife Misako. Plans are to support approximately 100 students during the next ten years.
At the signing ceremony, Masashi Sekiguchi, Director of the Osaka Japanese Language Education Center, proclaimed, “We want to admit and graduate superior students so that they can become human bridges between Japan and Myanmar.” Kwansei Gakuin President Osamu Murata said, “I think that training young people who will contribute to their native country and the world can promote the development of Myanmar.” Hideo Iuchi spoke of his aims and expectations in establishing the fund when he said, “Developing stronger ties between Japan and the rest of Asia will lead to growth and development in the Kansai region.”