Mr. Yuji Nishakawa, Vice Chancellor Prof. Sampath Amaratunge, Prof. Ranil De Silva, Prof Pathmalal
A delegation from Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan arrived at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura on 19th February 2019 at the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP as a result of the official meeting held on 29th November 2017 with Vice-Chancellor of the USJP. (http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/operations/operation_d.html)
The Delegation from JST;
- Yuji Nishikawa, Advisor for International Relations and Cooperation, Sakura Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan: SSP), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
- Okimura, Senior Fellow, JST
- Fukasawa, Program Coordinator, JST
- 03 Representatives from JISTEC (Japan International Science and Technology Center)
This meeting provided an opportunity towards implementation of exchange programs among students, faculty members and researchers with the objective of realizing research projects and joint publications. As a fruitful effort of this meeting in the near future, following student exchange opportunities will be available;
Sakura Exchange Program in Science
To materialize a bright future of Asia and to enhance the exchange of youth in Asian countries and Japan who will play a crucial role in S&T.
A short term (l-3 weeks) invitation program to give aspiring youths in Asia and neighboring regions opportunities to experience cutting-edge science and technology in Japan.
Objectives of this program are:
- To enhance exchanges of youth between Asia and Japan in the field of science and technology.
- To contribute to nurture human resources in the field of science and technology
- To raise the interest of youths in Asia and neighboring regions towards leading Japanese science and technology.
Who are eligible to apply?
- High school students
- University or Graduate school students
- Postdoctoral researchers
- The applicants should be below 40 years of age and never visited Japan.
The program would greatly benefit the applicants as there will be many eye-opening opportunities such as exposure to Nobel Laureates, Multicultural and cutting-edge technologies, etc. Operations in Sri Lanka have initiated since 2016 with 262 successful participants from University and School nationwide.
Left: Mr. Yuji Nishakawa explaining the Sakura Exchange Program to Prof. Ranil De Silva, Right: JST delegates with Professor Ranil in front of the Genetics Diagnostics Lab