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Academic Frontiers Student Exchange Promotion Program In 2003-2004

概要和訳

1. Purposes
    To support exchange students in accordance with student exchange plans of the graduate students of Japanese universities and foreign students who participate in joint research between Japanese universities and foreign universities/research institutes, aiming to help foster the future's foremost researchers to lead the world on the academic frontier of education and research which society greatly needs and the government needs to specially promote.

2. Definitions
(1) In this document, "student exchange plan" refers to a plan for the exchange of graduate students of Japanese universities and foreign students who participate in joint research between Japanese universities and foreign universities/research institutes.
(2) In this document, "exchange student(s)" refers to graduate students of Japanese universities who are dispatched from Japanese universities to foreign universities/research institutes and foreign students from foreign universities/research institutes who are accepted by Japanese universities, in accordance with student exchange plans.

3. Frontiers to be Supported
The following 10 frontiers are to be supported.
s_01   s_03
b_1  
1. Life Sciences
2. Information Technology
3. Nanotechnology and Materials
4. Environmental Science and Technology
5. Energy
6. Social Infrastructure
7. Manufacturing and Robotics
8. Exploratory Areas
(Space Science, Ocean Engineering, etc.)
9. Economics and Business Administration 10. Law and Public Policy
  b_1
s_02   s_04

4. Number of Students to be Supported
Outbound (Study in foreign countries): 150
Inbound (Study in Japan): 150
Note: Budgetary requests are currently being made for 2003-2004, so the number of students may change in the budgetary process for 2003-2004.

5. Support Period
Student exchange plans for three months or more, which are carried out during the period from April 2003 to March 2004.

6. Treatment
(1) Exchange students shall be provided with the Student Exchange Scholarship, which provides ¥100,000 per month during the support period.
(2) In principle, exchange students shall be supplied with an economy class round-trip air ticket between the international airport that is nearest to the university in which they are enrolled or research institution in which they are employed and the international airport that is nearest to the accepting university or the accepting research institution.
Note: Budgetary requests are currently being made for 2003-2004, so the nature of support may change in the budgetary process for 2003-2004.

7. Requirements for Student Exchange Plans
(1) Student exchange plans shall be based on joint research, which is conducted by a research laboratory or higher-level organization.
(2) In principle, a student exchange plan shall be a two-way plan including dispatch and acceptance.
(Note) "Higher-level organization" in (1) includes student exchange plans based on joint research in collaboration with another research laboratory or in collaboration with a research laboratory focusing on another research course.

8. Qualifications for Exchange Students
(1) A person who is enrolled in a graduate school, or an exchange student who is eligible to be accepted by a Japanese university, and who is engaged in postgraduate research.
(As of April 1, 2003)
(2) A person acknowledged to have sufficient language ability to conduct research in an academic field of his/her specialty at the university/research institute where he/she plans to study
(3) A person who will continue to engage in research in an academic field relevant to their joint research, after returning to his/her home university/research institute
(4) A person who has absolutely no infectious diseases (In view of the expected psychological burden that results from cultural and environmental changes, mental as well as physical health is an essential prerequisite)
(5) For an exchange student to be accepted to Japan, a person who can acquire the status of residence as a "college student" as defined in Annexed Table I of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act in Japan

9. Application Procedure
The application shall be filed through a Japanese university.

10. Selection
(1) The Selection Committee of the Academic Frontiers Student Exchange Promotion Program set by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) shall make the selection from among student exchange plans for which applications have been filed by Japanese universities.
(2) The Minister of MEXT shall determine the student exchange plans.

11. Matters to be Noted and Other Matters
(1) The provision of the Student Exchange Scholarship and the supply of the economy class round-trip air ticket shall be conducted through the Japanese universities.
(2) Persons who have been selected as exchange students shall submit a written pledge on a given form.
(3) Where an exchange student falls into any of the following circumstances, the provision of the Student Exchange Scholarship shall be discontinued.
1 Where a false description has been found in application documents
2 Where an act contrary to a written pledge has been recognized
3 Where the completion of research has been considered unpromising
4 Where an exchange student has conducted an improper act
5 Where an exchange student no longer satisfies the requirements cited in 8(5)
6 Where it has been considered that it has become difficult to carry out research due to reasons other than the above
(4) The university president shall submit a report on the student exchange plan within one month of the completion of the student exchange plan.
(5) Where it is recognized as difficult to safely study abroad due to the situation in an accepting country, a student exchange plan may be postponed or called off.

12. Organization Carrying Out This Program
Student Exchange Division, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), JAPAN
(Note) The Student Exchange Division of MEXT will not respond to inquiries about this program from foreign universities/research institutes. Foreign universities/research institutes that need more detailed information on this program should make inquiries directly to the Japanese university with which they would like to engage in this program.


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