MISSOULA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation have selected the University of Montana and its Mansfield Center to participate in the KAKEHASHI Project grant.
The funding will send 23 UM undergraduate or graduate students and two supervisors to Japan for a 10-day guided culture, education and policy exchange program managed by the Japan International Cooperation Center.
The Japanese government will cover the majority of program costs, including airfare, lodging and tour costs. The tour will be Oct. 31 through Nov. 8. Application information is available at http://www.umt.edu/mansfield/. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 9.
The program is designed for adventurous and mature students who have a serious interest in Asia but have not studied in or traveled in Japan for an extended period. Scheduled activities include meetings with government and business officials, cultural tours, lectures on Japanese society and engaging with Japanese people.
The program sponsor pays for international airfare, lodging, program meals and transportation and admission fees associated with program activities. Participants are responsible for all other costs, including passports and vaccinations.
The tour is open to students of all majors and backgrounds, but it is especially suited to students studying international business, economics, public policy, sociology, foreign affairs, energy or agriculture. The program does not require any prior knowledge of the Japanese language. No academic credit is provided by the program.
The KAKEHASHI Project is part of “Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs” designed to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and countries across the world. The KAKEHASHI Project promotes mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and the U.S. to facilitate economic and diplomatic relationships. It also contributes to finding and fostering more experts on Japan.
The Japan International Cooperation Center, the implementing agency of the KAKEHASHI Project, has been involved in various international cooperation activities since its establishment in 1977. JICE manages international training courses for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, universities, local governments, foreign governments and private organizations. JICE’s motto is “Share knowledge and experience. For our world. For the future.”
UM’s Mansfield Center promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. The center houses programs that focus on the peoples and cultures of modern Asia and ethics in public affairs – the core interests and hallmarks of Sen. Mansfield’s career.