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Seven Japanese universities represented at UAE’s largest higher education events

Representatives from leading Japanese universities and higher education institutions recently visited the United Arab Emirates with the aim of enrolling some of the country’s brightest students at high school and university level to continue their studies in Japan. Their visit coincided with the UAE’s largest higher education event, Najah Abu Dhabi and Najah Dubai, which were held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) and Dubai Exhibition Center respectively in Expo 2020 Dubai.

The promotional campaign was carried out by JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center), which aimed to encourage Emirati students to develop their academic skills in Japan. JICE hosted the pavilions of Japan which were installed at the events of Najah Abu Dhabi and Najah Dubai. Prospective students and their families were able to meet representatives from a number of prestigious Japanese educational institutions, both in person and online through dedicated smart booths, which put students directly in touch with representatives. in Japan.

Shigeto Aoki, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Office, Japan Center for International Cooperation

Shigeto Aoki, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Office, Japan Center for International Cooperation

Seven major Japanese universities and institutions were present at the events, including:

• Kobe Institute of Informatics

• Kyoto University of Advanced Sciences

• Kyushu University

• Ritumeikan University

• Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University

• Aizu University

• University of Hyogo

Emirati students who had previously studied in Japan were also present in the pavilions of Japan to offer practical information and details about their own experiences studying in Japan. Staff from the JICE Abu Dhabi office were also on hand to offer advice to prospective students and their families seeking further information.

The 7 participating universities at the Japan Pavilion not only offer undergraduate and postgraduate education in the Japanese language, but also offer courses in English, especially in the areas that tend to be the most popular among UAE students. such as engineering, data science, information and communication technologies. (ICT), robotics, international relations and business.

Most of these universities offer dual degree programs with affiliated universities abroad to actively seek international students. In addition, support systems for learning Japanese are provided, as well as internship programs through industry-university collaboration. A scholarship system specific to each university is also proposed.

Kyushu University, ranked 137th in the recent QS World University Rankings, was in Najah with a representative to meet in person at the Japan Pavilion. The university also runs 23 other renowned universities in Japan within the J-MENA network, which collectively provides support and guidance for Middle Eastern students to study in Japan.

“It is one of the best universities in Japan and the School of Engineering and the School of Agriculture are particularly well known for their academic results. Both schools offer undergraduate programs in English. With the extended support for international students, around 80 Middle Eastern students enroll at Kyushu University each year. We look forward to welcoming students from the United Arab Emirates, ”said Yutaroh Oki, associate professor at Kyushu University.

“The Japan pavilion generated tremendous interest in Najah in 2019, with 6,700 visitors out of all 17,000 visitors to Najah 2019 who stopped by our booth. Despite the current situation, 8,000 to 10,000 visitors to Najah Abu Dhabi and 8,000 visitors to Najah Dubai are expected this year, ”said Shigeto Aoki, Managing Director of JICE Abu Dhabi office.

“Since the opening of the JICE office in Abu Dhabi in 2013, the number of Emirati students studying in Japan for degree and non-degree programs has increased. Currently, 83 Emirati students are studying in Japan, ”he added.

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