On 25 June 2015, UNU-IAS held a forum on the Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa (GLTP), a practical training initiative which provides Japanese postgraduate students with opportunities to conduct internships in Africa. The forum provided a platform for young academics who had recently conducted field research at universities and research institutes in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia to present the results of their work.
Presentations by participants of the 2014 GLTP included reports on case studies conducted in Maasailand, Kenya and townships in South Africa, on topics as diverse as enhanced control of rabies, climate change impact on regional security, sustainable trends in architecture, and challenges of mass refugee movements. More than 30 participants attended the forum and subsequent lively question and answer session with many expressing a keen interest in Africa as well as the GLTP initiative.
The aim of GLTP is to train young global leaders who have the potential to help resolve various challenges in Africa and this hands-on training programme offers an opportunity for Japanese postgraduate students to be posted at partner universities and research institutions in African countries, where they acquire practical skills and expertise through internships or field research (two long-term and eight short-term).
Ten students were selected in 2015 for the upcoming GLTP and will carry out field research in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Ghana and Senegal.
Field reports of the 2014 participants are available below: