- Our Project: JAL Scholarship
Every year, we invite university students
from the Asia-Oceania region to Japan to deepen their understanding of Japan
and cross-border mutual understanding through training
and cultural exchanges, and foster young people
who will lead the Asia-Oceania region in the future.
The JAL Scholarship Program invites university students from the Asia-Oceania region to Japan each year to deepen their understanding of Japan and enhance mutual understanding beyond national borders through workshops and cultural exchanges with Japanese students with the aim to develop the next generation of leaders.
This program, launched in 1975 by Japan Airlines, was transferred to the JAL Foundation on its founding in 1990 and has been improved year by year to meet the needs of the times. A total of 1,641 overseas students have participated in the program so far.
Each time we set one of 3 themes of the Program.
The contents will be along with the theme set.
The Student Sessions
The scholars will participate in group discussions based on the program's theme.
An excursion conducted in partnership with the East Japan Railway Culture Foundation. The scholars’ understanding of Japan will be deepened as a result of regional cultural experiences.
With the cooperation of volunteer families, the students will deepen their knowledge of Japanese daily life and customs through firsthand experience.
SDGs –持続可能な社会へ- 持続可能な開発を目指して。考えよう、いまの社会のために、そして将来世代のために私たちができること
If I can summarize what I have learnt from all of those various activities with single sentence, I would like to express my conclusion with this simple sentence, “Let us do something for this world, start from now!” Do something for the earth that we lived on, to do for other people, who living with us right now and to do for our next generation. If someone asks me, why we have to do something for this world? I will answer them “look at what world has been doing for you.”
My scope of interest in Asia was limited to Japan when I first applied for this program. While I was chatting and taking lectures together with the scholars from other Asian countries, I realized there exists unforeseen attractiveness in other cultures as well to which I had been negligent in heeding. Also, I learned how to express and share my views with others while respecting others’ through the preparation and presentation of our group discussion.
It has been one month since we back home from Japan, in which we, 36 JAL scholars from 11 countries and regions spent wonderful 21 days together. Time has passed but what we experienced and practiced still remains a vivid memory in my mind. I dare to say I will definitely benefit from this fantastic trip in the lifelong time, not only due to what I have learned, but also the durable friendship established beyond ages and nationalities.
Host families (Tokyo)
We visited places including the National Museum. The scholar also came with me to cheer at my children's basketball game. We had lunch at a rotating sushi store and had shabu-shabu and tako-yaki for dinner at home. We had some wonderful conversations whilst looking at photos using the computer. On the last day we visited a shopping center. The scholar was very cheerful and positive, and was very kind to the children. My children found it very difficult to part with her. She was very studious and actively tried to communicate with the children by writing and drawing. It was very inspirational for us to see the scholar learn Japanese words whilst with us. I was touched by the way in which she was always happy and amiable.
Host families (Ishikawa)
This year was the first time we participated in the host family program. We spent our time by having a home party with other local host families, and visited the Kenroku-en garden in the heat of summer. And before we know it, the three days were over. We enjoyed the international exchange festival and were inspired by the smiling energetic faces of the students.