The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) are once again inviting a number of top Japanese universities to join them under their ‘Japan Pavilion’ at the upcoming edition of NAJAH, taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 27th to 29th October 2015.
JICE, who have been actively promoting ‘Study In Japan’ at NAJAH since 2013 to the Emirati school leavers, witnessed a nearly 50 per cent increase in visitors to their pavilion in 2013/14 and are certain that the interest will increase even further this year.
“After the success of last year, we have decided to invite Emirati students who have studied, or are currently studying, in Japan to conduct a short presentation to the visitors who in turn can ask them directly about student life in Japan and the degree they are currently undertaking. We think hearing first-hand about what it is like to be a student in Japan will really offer an unprecedented insight in to whether or not it is the right fit for them.” said Akira Tohyama, Project Manager, JICE.
As part of their education drive, JICE will be hosting a number of interactive activities at NAJAH this year, including a stage with traditional Japanese architecture, onsite staff wearing the Kimono, the traditional Japanese dress, and a showcase of Nihon Buyo – their country’s most respected dance style.
According to the JICE, many of the Emirati students looking towards Japan for their higher education seem to have a high interest in the Japanese technology field, with common perception being that Japan is a highly developed country with cutting edge technological advancements.
“As part of a recent familiarisation trip, we invited a number of Emirati high school students to Japan in August this year. Out of the various courses showcased, it was clear that they were interested in advanced technologies, such as ASIMO (Robot) and 3D graphics. Each university we are affiliated with has its own speciality, and will all be on hand at the show to promote these courses to the Emirati students,” added Tohyama.
The four universities participating under the Japan Pavilion this year include University of Tsukuba, Waseda University and Tokai University, some of the country’s leading universities in the technological engineering field. Nagasaki University, which rounds out the four institutions, will offer medical and pharmaceutical courses, specialising in regenerative medicine and infectious diseases.
Held under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, NAJAH is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi Education Council and Dubai International Academic City.
Official sponsors for the fair are as Platinum sponsor GHQ Armed Forces, Gold sponsor Etihad Airways and other sponsors Rabdan Academy, ALHOSN University and Emirates College of Advanced Education