Japan education fair an eye opener for Indian grads

Japan Education Fair was inaugurated on Tuesday in Andhra Pradesh by the Vice Chancellor of the Andhra University. The education fair of Japan has been organized jointly by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Embassy of Japan, the University of Tokyo and Japan Information and Study Centre of Andhra University.

This Japan education fair has been organized for the first time in India so that Indian students can get encouraged to study Japanese and also pursue higher studies in Japan. The education fair was organized at the YVS Murthy Auditorium in Andhra University in Vishakapatnam.

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The Vice Chancellor of Andhra University said, “One should learn from Japan the importance of work culture and dedication. The world had to imbibe the work culture from Japanese and India and Japan has similarities since both have Buddhism and love for a peaceful living.”

He further added, “The Andhra University was exploring possibilities to have research and academic collaborations with the Japanese universities.”

First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in India, Daisuke Kodama, said that the Indian students work really hard and that is the reason Japan welcomes them. All those Indian students who wish to pursue courses in Science and Engineering will also be offered scholarships. He also said that they never discriminate and when it comes to crime, Japan is second lowest in that.

While interacting with the three delegates from Japan, the students at the inaugural came up with a series of questions with respect to the course, research, and options for securing admission in Japan. Daisuke Kodama said, “The sky is the limit for research options and funding is very liberal. But the research project conceived should be of good quality and has to pass a stringent test to experts. The funding comes from the government, university, and the industry.”

He also talked about the admission process. He said that it varies from university to university. Some universities accept GRE, TOEFL while some do not. All the details are available on the website of the university. The admission also depends on the kind of research project the student is working on.

To which he said, “in Japan, a PG programme is not like any regular PG course. It is research oriented and before applying one should identify the project, the university where a similar project is worked upon and who would be the likely professor. Then he or she has to communicate with the professor and get his approval, before joining.”

A Sakura exchange programme is offered by the Japan Science and Technology Agency which helps students in visiting Japan where they can experience the science and technology offered by Japan.

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