Development Technology Course

JICA Innovative Asia

The Innovative Asia initiative, conducted by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), aims to enhance the circulation of competent human resources between Japan and Asian countries and to promote innovation throughout Asia, by providing students from 12 Asian countries with opportunities to conduct research, enroll in master's or doctoral programs at Japanese universities and participate in internships with Japanese companies.

Officially dispatched students under the program will enroll in Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University as Research Students in the Research Student Program starting from October 2017. Participants who pass the entrance examination for April 2018 will be eligible to enroll in the master's or doctoral Programs in Hiroshima University. Those who do not pass the entrance examination must return to their home countries.

1. Number of students to be admitted

6 students (Master's program: 4 stduents, Doctoral program: 2 students)

2. Admission requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements.

1) Nationality: Citizens of one of the 12 Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam)

2) Age: Under 40 years of age (as of 1st September 2017 for the 1st Batch participants)

3) Education: Bachelor’s degree (for Master’s program) and Master’s degree (for Doctoral program) holders from the Partner Schools (as of 1st September 2017 for the 1st Batch participants)

4) Working experience/Status: n/a

5) English – language proficiency: Adequate English skills both in written and oral communication to complete the master’s program or doctoral program.

6) Understanding of the program: Applicants are required to have clear understanding of the objectives of the Innovative Asia Initiative, and to have a strong will to contribute to the industrial development of their home countries as well as to strengthen the linkage between their countries and Japan.

7) Others: Applicants must both physically and mentally fit for the program, and must not receive or plan to receive a scholarship offered by other foreign organizations.

3. Documents to be submitted

Applicants must submit the following documents within the deadline.

1) Application for enrollment as an international research student (use the form supplied)

2) Personal History (use the form supplied)

3) Diploma or Certificate of expected graduation and academic transcript (* If the applicant enrolls in or has completed a graduate school, documents of the graduate program as well as the undergraduate program must be submitted. * If the applicant graduated from a university abroad, please make sure that the certificate includes the degree information.

4) Letter of Recommendation from the dean or president of the faculty at the university attended

5) Medical certificate

6) Language Test Score Certificate (TOEFL® or other equivalent English language test, or Japanese Language Proficiency Test or other equivalent Japanese language test)

7) Research proposal (approx. 4 pages in A4 size, free format)

8) Research career (including publications) (free format) (only for the applicants for Doctoral Program)

9) Career plan after completion (approx. 1-2 pages in A4 size, free format)

* English translation should be attached if the documents above are written in other languages.

* Download: Application forms

[NOTE] Applicants are recommended and encouraged to contact to a perspective academic supervisor in advance in preparation of the required documents such as the Research Proposal.

4. Submission deadline

Applicants must submit the required documents above by email first, and then send the original documents untill the following deadline.

1) Scanned (PDF, ...) documents: 1st May 2017

2) Original documents: 10th May 2017

5. Where to send

1) Scanned (PDF, ...) documents: jds-idec(at) (* change (at) to @)

2) Original documents:

      Student Support Office

      Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC)

      Hiroshima University

      1-5-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, 739-8529, Hiroshima, JAPAN

6. Interview

The results of documents screening will be informed individually as soon as the screening completed.

Then, the Skype Interviews will be arranged and carried out for those who are selected from the documents screening within May 2017.

7. Entrance procedure

Those who have gained acceptance to enter IDEC must complete all the entrance procedures by the date specified. The followings are the documents to be submitted:

1) Student Information Registration Sheet (学生情報登録シート: use the form supplied)

2) Pledge (誓約書: use the form supplied)

3) Photo ID Card (写真票: use the form supplied)

4) Certificate of Graduation (Completion) and Transcript (for those who applied prior to actual graduation)

5) Certificate of Residence (for those living outside Japan at the time of application)

* A specific instruction for entrance procedure will be provided after you get the approval to enter our school.

8. Related information

1) Introduction of Hiroshima University and JICA Innovative Asia Program in IDEC

2) Development Technology Course in IDEC

3) Perspective academic supervisor (Faculty members)

4) JICA Innovative Asia