On 8 June 2016, UNU-IAS hosted a reporting session on the Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa (GLTP), providing an opportunity for the students who participated in the previous year to share their fieldwork with students newly selected for the programme. GLTP is a practical training initiative, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), which provides Japanese postgraduate students with opportunities to implement their fieldwork at partner institutions in Africa. In 2015, a total of nine master’s and PhD students carried out research in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia.
The session began with a welcome from Mr. Hideaki Matsugi of MEXT who expressed his appreciation for the efforts of participating students and expectation that the work of the students will continue to contribute to sustainable development in Africa. Students then presented their research, which explored topics as diverse as mathematics education, pollution at recycling sites, conflict prevention, and risk factors for non-communicable diseases.
In 2016, eleven graduate students were accepted into the programme. These students will conduct their research in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. The programme is open to students interested in any area of study that can contribute to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Field reports from the 2015 students are available below: