Kyushu University Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences has been accepting outstanding international students from around Asia as part of the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship, formerly called the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)
On 20th December 2018, JDS fellows in the Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences together with their supervisors welcomed the Myanmar Coordinating Committee, consisting of the Department of Education Research and the Ministry of Planning and Finance, to the Graduate School. The JDS Program is a grant aid initiated from FY 1999 to support the human resource development of the Japanese grant aid recipient countries. It targets ‘highly capable young government officials who are expected to engage in implementing social and economic development plans as a future leader’ and has supported a number of excellent young officials in cooperation with each local government, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and universities in Japan. Currently 32 JDS students are enrolled in our graduate school from Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam and are attending the various activities provided as a part of the JDS program such as special seminars, on-site training, and lecture series of the International Agricultural Frontier Education Program. After returning to their home countries, the JDS Management Subcommittee of the Faculty of Agriculture holds follow-up seminars in each country to provide opportunities for advising and consulting on future research prospects from academic advisors, which stimulates and maintains continuous research exchanges between each country and our Faculty.
The visiting JDS monitoring team members first received the greeting by Prof. Susumu Fukuda, the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, followed by the reports from supervisors of JDS fellows on their research progress in the first part of the mission including a surprizing participation in the form of a PowerPoint presentation by one of the supervising professors who was not able to attend because of ongoing field work with JDS fellows. In the second part, Prof. Doi, the JDS Management Subcommittee Chairperson, outlined the current circumstances concerning accepting JDS fellows. Later, Myanmar JDS fellows joined to meet the visiting members followed by the last part, a tour around one of the supervisors’ laboratories. The visit generated many questions from the JDS team and gave us lots of opportunities to provide more detailed information on our JDS fellows and their circumstances. The visit was a really valuable time to interact with our visitor and increased our mutual understanding.