Japan’s Leading Universities Target the UAE’s Brightest Students

UAE’s Brightest Students(Dubai, 17th October, 2016) Representatives from four of Japan’s leading universities, including Ritsumeikan University, Tokai University, Waseda University and Ochanomizu University, are set to entice the UAE’s brightest students to enrol in their institutions when exhibiting at the Japan Pavilion at this year’s NAJAH Abu Dhabi higher education event to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 25 -27 October, 2016.

The Japanese higher-education promotional initiative is spearheaded by JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center), which encourages Emirati students to study in Japan. JICE offers opportunities for UAE students and their families to directly engage with representatives from internationally acclaimed institutions with a myriad of technological, medical, commercial and humanity courses, coupled with the opportunities of experiencing Japan’s unique culture and lifestyle. It will be the 4th time for JICE to participate at NAJAH – the UAE’s leading higher education event.

This year Ochanomizu University, Japan’s oldest and most acclaimed women’s university, will be participating at NAJAH for the first time, aiming to outreach to the UAE’s female student community.

Ochanomizu University traces its roots back to 1875 when it was first founded as the Tokyo Women’s Normal School (later to become Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School) as an institution specializing in the development of female faculties. The origin of the name Ochanomizu University comes from the neighbourhood where the institution is located in Tokyo, which was once called Ochanomizu, but now known as Yushima in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward. Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School was known as an educational institution holding the highest standard in women’s education at the time, and women from all over Japan who were interested in scholarly pursuits held the institution in very high regard. Graduates from the School were sent all over Japan as teachers to educate the next generation of women. This regard and tradition continues today in the institution’s modern form as Ochanomizu University. Today it is only one of the total of two women’s national universities in Japan, making the institution one of the most sort after universities for female students.

Says Mr. Tokuya Kanamori, Representative, JICE Abu Dhabi Office: “We are excited to introduce these leading Japanese universities to students in the UAE. Their academic standard is high and well recognised, and they are welcoming international students from around the world. Ritsumeikan University, Tokai University and Waseda University have a history of receiving a number of UAE students and offer a variety of courses in both English and Japanese. For female students, and their parents, who wish to further their academic pursuits amongst an all-female student body, Ochanomizu University is an exceptional choice. In addition to the provision of excellence in education, international students from the UAE will also gain a unique educational and social experience by living within the Japanese culture and communities. These experiences, we believe, provide them with a unique professional and social edge compared to their peers.”

In addition to the four universities slated to attend the event, visiting students and their families will also be able to inquire and receive information about other Japanese universities both from the JICE representative in attendance at NAJAH, and also directly from members of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization).

International students at Japan’s educational institutions have been increasing year on year, with the latest statistics showing a total of 208,379 students from around the world choosing to study in Japan in 2015; an increase of 13.2% compared to the number of international students in 2014. Among these, students heralding from the Middle East numbered 1,632 in 2015 with an increase of 12.6%.

For more information at about the Japan International Cooperation Center and further study in Japan please contact: www.education-japan.org

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