International Center for Materials Nanoarchitechtonics Japanese Language Training Programs
As part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitechtonics (MANA) was established at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in 2007. Subsequently to this JISTEC was charged with providing training programs in order to help new foreign researchers taking up positions at MANA to gain a basic level of Japanese as well as to learn important phrases for emergency situations.
(Commissioned by the National Institute for Materials Science, until March 2011)
Activities Relating to the JSPS Fellowship
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As part of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science’s (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan and Post Doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers programs, JISTEC carried out various administrative activities relating to the acceptance of foreign researchers, as well as also providing lifestyle support.
*From 1990 to 2000 JISTEC was commissioned to administer the STA Fellowship on behalf of JST. From 2001 onwards the STA Fellowship was integrated into the JSPS Fellowship.
(Commissioned by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, until September 2010)
Development of Methods for Internationalizing Research Environments
This project involved providing support for pioneering and strategic international activities at 20 national, public and private universities as well as inter-university research institutes, which had been previously appointed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as having excellent international strategic frameworks. Aiming to develop a generally applicable model for contributing to the internationalization of research environments at institutions such as universities, a comprehensive analysis of the achievements of these international activities was also carried out. The program was implemented in the form of a ‘Strategic Fund for Establishing International Headquarters in Universities’, through which sub-contracting agreements were formed with the 20 selected universities.
In this project JISTEC was responsible for managing the accounting and for disseminating the program’s achievements.
(Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology until 2009 ※Co-commissioned with JSPS)
Support and Coordination Project for University Cooperation in International Development
The Support and Coordination Project for University Cooperation in International Development was started in 2003 in order to contribute to ongoing international development. In the project, national, public and private universities were commissioned by domestic and international development organizations to undertake cooperative projects with developing countries, providing pragmatic education and research experience and producing international human resources with hands-on experience. Following this and in light of the report produced by the Committee for International Cooperation in Education in August 2006, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology began the International Cooperation Initiative in 2007 as part of efforts to contribute knowledge to assist with the ongoing development of developing countries.
JISTEC provided support for the operations of the International Cooperation Initiative in order to ensure the smooth progression of its activities.
(Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology until 2010)
Exchange Program for East Asia Young Researchers – Invitation from EAS Member Countries
This project provided the opportunity for young researchers from east-Asian countries, such as graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, to carry out research at Japanese universities and academic institutions. This exchange program was part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ initiative Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS Program), which aims to achieve regional cooperation among countries in Asia through exchanges of young researchers who will ultimately be responsible for the next generation (Target countries are those belonging to ASEAN, as well as Australia, New Zealand and India).
In this project JISTEC was responsible for activities relating to recruitment of participants, as well as the management of exchanges.
(Commissioned by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science until July 2010)
Support for the Japan Office Operations of the International Space University
Based on the memorandum outlining cooperation between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the International Space University (ISU), this project provided support for ISU’s activities by assisting with its office operations in Japan. This involved coordinating and assisting with the maintenance of channels of communication with participants of the ISU Space Studies Program and Master’s course, as well as conducting activities for the development and growth of ISU’s program in relation to Japanese universities and research institutes.
(Commissioned by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency until July 2009)