Prestigious Japanese Universities Reach Out to Emirati Students

Studying in Japan encourages discipline and exposes students to innovative research and high-quality education

Nine prestigious Japanese universities are proactively seeking Emirati students for enrolment in their undergraduate and graduate courses. One of their key approaches will be their participation at the NAJAH exhibition, the UAE’s leading education exhibition, which this year, for the first time, will be held online and virtually as the NAJAH Virtual Expo, between the 27th and 29th of October, 2020.

Through the NAJAH Virtual Expo prospective students and their families will be able to interact and meet directly with the Japanese university representatives, browse through courses, receive information regarding scholarships, as well as discuss what it is like to live in Japan, all through a user-friendly virtual platform.

The Japanese presence at NAHJAH Virtual Expo is spearheaded by JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center), which is a Japanese government affiliated organisation specialized in education and human resource development. Through this initiative Emirati students have been especially highlighted as young talents of interest to hopefully further their academic acumen through Japanese tertiary education.

Prospective students and their families can connect directly with JICE and the participating Japanese universities by registering online at NAJAH Connect. Registering students are encouraged to learn more about the exhibitors prior to the actual event by viewing the various exhibitor profiles.

Nine Japanese universities will be present at NAJAH Virtual Expo including: Joshibi University of Art and Design, Kyoto University of Advanced Sciences, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Ritsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, Tokai University, and Japanese Language Education Center of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

Over the years JICE has guided and supported many Emirati students with enrolment into some of Japan’s most prestigious universities. One of those students is Fatima Al Hindassi, a postgraduate student of Waseda University, who explains her experiences of studying in Japan: “My educational experience in Japan has been extraordinary and full of challenges. I noticed that the Japanese are very passionate towards work, which encourages people around them to behave the same and push themselves hard to excel. Being around Japanese students for a long time has taught me a lot about discipline and the importance of being on time. Moreover, I have learned a lot about being responsible towards myself and the country that I represent.”

Abdulrahman Al Hashimi, a 3rd year Precision Engineering student at Tokai University says: “I believe studying in a prestigious Japanese institution like Tokai University will help me build my career and find my dream job. Because I am graduating here, I am now fluent in Japanese and I will be able to gain professional experience from renowned companies in the engineering industry. These two things among others will definitely give me an edge in the competitive job market of the UAE.”

The availability of Halal food at university cafeterias as well as prayer spaces on campus, have helped make Muslim students at Tokai University feel very comfortable and at home.

Since the opening of the JICE Abu Dhabi office in 2013, the number of Emirati students studying in Japan for both degree and non-degree programmes has been increasing. As of January 2020, the number of Emirati students studying in Japan is 108 students.

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About the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE)

Ever since its establishment in 1977, Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) has supported the growth of human resources in partner countries. The purpose of its organization is to contribute to the development of the international community through investing in various activities which strengthen mutually beneficial relations between Japan and other countries. Following the JICE’s motto of ‘Share knowledge and experience. For our world. For the future.’, JICE will work together toward achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). JICE will constantly move forward by planning, proposing and creating projects based upon the flexible mindset to respond to the social issues in changing society across the