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Japanese universities to set up office in Kochi

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The liaison office of a number of prominent Japanese universities will be functioning in the city by next year. The major universities include University of Tokyo, Sophia University, Waseda University, Osaka University, Kyoto University, Meiji University and Ritsumeikan University.

The office will be set up here at Kinfra hi-tech Park. At the moment, the varsities have offices in New Delhi and Bangalore.

The final decision in this regard will be taken soon after preliminary discussions are held here with Satoshi Hata, GM, Ritsumeikan University (India office) and other officials who arrived here to inform about the scholarships offered to Indian students by the Japanese ministry of education, culture,sports, science and technology.

Nippon Kerala Centre, promoted by the Alumni Society of AOTS Kerala, a voluntary organisation of engineers and managers, organised a seminar on the scholarships offered by the universities, at Kinfra Hitech park on Sunday.

Peter, director, Nippon Kerala Centre, said that the organisation held talks with the officials of Japanese universities for setting up the liaison office in Kochi. “Though the discussions are in the early stage, we hope that the officials were convinced for setting up an office here,” he said.

Addressing a press meet here, Satoshi Hata said that Japan is eager to have Indian students studying there. “As Japan doesn’t have enough human and natural resources, we are looking for some talent from here. Earlier, the Japanese language was a barrier for foreign students, but now we are trying to introduce English in Japan,” he said.

Along with the Japanese government, private foundations will also offer special scholarships to three lakh students from here to study in Japanese universities under the ‘Global 30’ project.

The language of instruction will be English.

In a period of five years , the scholarships will be offered in both undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Several research and doctoral programmes will also be covered under these scholarships.

The students can choose from various fields such as economics, political science, different branches of engineering, medicine, industrial technology and life sciences.

Full tuition fee, return airfare, living expenses and guidance for part-time jobs are also being offered along with the scholarships. Nippon Kerala officials added that the cost of living to study in Japan is lower when compared to Europe and United States. (Express News Service)

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