In order to train global leaders who can contribute to solving various challenges in Africa, UNU-IAS has developed a practical training programme through which Japanese graduate students can take internships at partner universities and research institutions in Africa. UNU-IAS will arrange for the graduate students to be interns/researchers (2-4 on a long-term basis and 6-8 on a short-term basis) at partner universities and research institutions in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Zambia, to acquire practical skills, knowledge, and experience. After the on-site training, the participating students will make presentations at a reporting workshop to share their experiences and lessons learned from the programme.
The Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa (GLTP), started in 2013 with the strong support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, is designed as a programme to provide young researchers with training and international experience to enhance their practical skills, with a focus on solving real-world problems in Africa.
The programme provides financial and educational support to Japanese graduate students. In return, participating students contribute to solving various challenges and issues related to sustainable development in Africa. Their experiences and research findings are shared not only in Japan, but also with host countries in Africa to strengthen the partnership between Japan and Africa.
The programme encourages participants to promote research contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, the programme is offered to students interested in any relevant area of study.
Japanese graduate students at colleges or universities in Japan are eligible to participate in this programme.
|Ghana:||University of Ghana, UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, University for Development Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology|
|Nigeria:||University of Ibadan|
|Kenya:||Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi|
|Zambia:||The University of Zambia|
|South Africa:||University of Cape Town|
※Attachment to other universities is possible based on a student’s university’s own affiliations and partnerships in Africa
Field reports from the 2013 to 2015 GLTP students are available below.
Number of students participating in FY 2013: 6 graduate students (2 PhD and 4 master’s students)
Countries: 5 countries (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia)
Number of students participating in FY 2014: 9 graduate students (4 PhD and 5 master’s students)
Countries: 5 countries (DRC, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia)
Number of students participating in FY 2013: 9 graduate students (3 PhD and 6 master’s students)
Countries: 6 countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia)