Ambassador Tefera Confers with Chief Executive Director of Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Centre –

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Addis Ababa, July 13, 2022(Walta) – Ambassador Tefera Derbew, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Japan met in his office Hirose Kenkichi (Ph.D.), the Chief Executive Director of Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Centre.

The two exchanged ideas on ways of opening an opportunity for young Ethiopian students, educators, and researchers to partake in a science and technology exchange program administered by the Centre in collaboration with Japanese educational and training institutions under the supervision of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

Kenkichi explained to Ambassador Tefera about Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Centre’s Sakura Science Exchange Programme (SSP) which offers short-term science and technology training opportunities for young students, educators, and researchers drawn from different countries and regions.

He said the exchange program centers on offering training in areas of science and technology experience courses, collaborative research activity, and science and technology training courses on a short-time basis.

The Chief Executive Director extended an open application invitation for interested young Ethiopians to seize the opportunity, which is the first offer for Africans. (https://ssp.jst.go.jp/en/program/)

Ambassador Tefera, for his part, briefed the Chief Executive Director on Ethiopia’s current policies and institutions designed to meet its ambition for excellence in technology.

He appreciated Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Centre’s Sakura Science Exchange Programme (SSP) where young Ethiopian students, educators, and researchers are invited for open application to partake in short-term training that will help them acquire know-how and capability on cutting-edge technologies and experience in advanced sciences in Japan.

Statistical information from Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) shows that since the commencement of the Sakura Science Exchange Programme (SSP) in 2014, more than 33, 000 people drawn from 41 countries have benefited from training in science and technology provided in Japan.

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