Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Inter-University Exchange ProjectInnovative Africa: Educational Networking Programs for Human Resource Development in Africa’s SDGs (IAfP)

Program

Exchange program details

 Five international exchange sub-programs will be jointly conducted by Kyoto University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) that include short- and mid-term educational exchange and long-term exchange for degree obtainment (see figures below).
 Student exchange at TUFS primarily consists of sending and accepting mid- to long-term study-abroad students for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Sending students

 Students from TUFS will be sent for up to one year to universities in various African countries using the study abroad program at our university. Credits obtained at the partner university while studying abroad must be reviewed against our university criteria to be approved as valid credits for graduation or completion of the degree.

Accepting students

 TUFS will accept exchange students in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP-TUFS) lasting from a half-year to one-year from the five African universities with which an academic exchange agreement is signed. In addition to the standard curriculum that ISEP students will take, many programs that allow exchange with Japanese students from TUFS will also be provided. Credits obtained through the ISEP-TUFS program can be transferred toward the degree obtained by the exchange student from their own school.

Joint International Conference

 A “Joint International Conference” will be hosted regularly on a common theme in in-person and online formats in parallel to the exchange of students. The conferences will provide an occasion for students from the institutions participating in the program to present their educational achievements within this project. They will also encourage participation from a wide range of related fields to serve as publicity for the program details and reinforce and promote collaboration and exchange with the universities of various African nations.
 

International Co-Education Program IAfP
Build foundations for co-creating innovative projects through fieldwork in Africa and training in Japan and Africa by applying the accumulated knowledge in African Studies and providing interdisciplinary curricula that go beyond the frameworks of the arts and sciences.
(1)“Joint international conferences” co-hosted by participating Japanese-African institutions and partner institutions in Europe and North America that aim to develop undergraduate and graduate students and young lecturers into advanced specialists
(2)“Internship programs” in companies, international organizations, and NPO in Africa combined with intensive lectures for undergraduate and graduate students and young lecturers
(3)“Short-term study abroad programs” sending and accepting bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students

  • Mutual acceptance of credits
  • Exchange students: Asian studies in Japan, training and exchange with Japanese companies, governmental institutions, and NPOs
  • Japanese and African students: fieldwork in Africa,

training at on-site campuses, international organizations, companies, and NGOs

(4)“Long-term study abroad programs” sending and accepting bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students

  • Mutual acceptance of credits
  • Exchange students: Asian studies in Japan, training and exchange with Japanese companies, governmental institutions and NPOs
  • Japanese and African students: fieldwork in Africa,

training at on-site campuses, international organizations, companies, and NGOs

(5)“Joint student guidance programs” for degree obtainment primarily aimed at doctoral program students

 

Characteristics of the program

 With “From the world to Japan and from Japan to the world -key network university that connects worldwide resources-” as its slogan, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, which has been promoting further globalization of the university, has actively introduced online educational programs in addition to conventional direct exchange of students. The program aims to establish new educational exchange systems between Japan and Africa that can be used in the future through online co-operative education programs diverse both in type and form.

Scheduled number of exchange students in this program

Japanese exchange students to Africa
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Total
Students who will travel abroad 0 6 8 8 8 30
Students who will participate in the international education and exchange program online from their own countries 0 6 8 8 8 30
Total number of students 0 12 16 16 16 60
African exchange students to Japan
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Total
Students who will travel abroad 0 5 8 8 8 29
Students who will participate in the international education and exchange program online from their own countries 2 5 8 8 8 31
Total number of students 2 10 16 16 16 60

*The number of students in the table is total numbers of students in the scheduled exchange with Kyoto University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

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