Towards a Strengthened Academic Partnership between Africa and Japan for Sustainable Development

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•02•16    13:30 - 17:30

    UNU-IAS and the Japan-African Academic Network (JAAN) will organize an international symposium titled Towards a Strengthened Academic Partnership between Africa and Japan for Sustainable Development: Progress, Challenges and a Future Vision on Capacity Development on 16 February 2016. Invited experts will exchange experiences and lessons learned and critically address the gap in the Japan-African academic exchange.

    Although globalization has accelerated internationalization of the education sector, the percentage of Japanese students studying in Africa and that of African students studying in Japan remains below 1% of the total number of students studying abroad respectively. There is a clear gap in partnership between Africa and Japan despite the upward trend in international policies aimed at mainstreaming the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This symposium is part of an initiative by UNU-IAS and JAAN to consolidate and share best practices and lessons learned through networking between Japanese institutes on African studies.


    Since 2013, with the support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan (MEXT), UNU-IAS has been implementing the Global Leadership Training Programme (GLTP) with the aim of encouraging more Japanese students to study in Africa and to develop academic capacities in their fields of study. JAAN ― of which UNU-IAS is now a member ― was established in February 2015 as an open academic network of universities and research institutes in Japan intended to stimulate and expand intellectual partnerships with African academic institutes.


    This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Please register from the online registration page.


    Please note that presentation titles are subject to change.

    Chair: Kazuhiko Takemoto (UNU-IAS)

    13:30-13:50  Opening Remarks

    • Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)
    • Hideaki Matsugi (Director for International Cooperation, International Affairs Division, MEXT)

    13:50-15:30  Session 1     

    Mutual capacity development between Africa and Japan to train global future leaders to contribute to sustainable development

    Chair: Jewette Masinja (University of Zambia)

    Panel I: Good experiences of GLTP to attach Japanese students in Africa

    • David Mungai (University of Nairobi)
    • Amane Kobayashi (GLTP 2014, Keio University, studied in Kenya)
    • Haruna Nakazato (GLTP 2013, Hiroshima University, studied in Zambia)
    • Nahoko Tokuyama (GLTP 2014, Kyoto University, studied in DRC)

    Panel II: New initiatives of JAAN to promote hosting African students in Japan

    • Morio Takahiro (Tsukuba University)
    • Masafumi Nagaishi (Kyushu University)
    • African student from JAAN member universities

    Open Discussion 

    15:30-16:00 Coffee break

    16:00-17:20  Session 2

    The roles of universities and students to achieve sustainable development in Africa

    Chair: Masafumi Nagao (UNU-IAS)

    Panel III:  Expected roles of universities and students to promote sustainable development in Africa

    • Linda Chinangwa (JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow)
    • Yaw Agyeman Boafo (IR3S, The University of Tokyo)
    • Representative from “TICAD V Student Project”

    Panel IV:  Contribution of African academia to enhance “ownership” and expectation toward partners in Japan to strengthen “partnership”

    • Mutisya Emmanuel (Tokyo University)
    • John Muriuki (Kenyatta University)
    • Divine Fuh (University of Cape Town)

    Open Discussion 

    17:20-17:30  Closing Remarks

    • Osamu Saito (Academic Programme Officer and GLTP Programme Manager, UNU-IAS)

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