Application Deadline: October 7, 2022
At the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), held in Yokohama in 2013, then Prime Minister Abe Shinzo announced the “African Business Education Initiative for Youth” (hereafter referred to as the “ABE Initiative”). This is a strategic five-year plan providing 1,000 youths in Africa with opportunities to study at Japanese universities as well as to do internships at Japanese enterprises. ABE Initiative builds on the concept that there is a need for human resource development in both private and public sectors of Africa through cultivating a strong human network between Japan and Africa.
Qualifications and Requirements Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
(1) Nationality – Citizens of one of the 54 African countries
(2) Age – Less than forty (40) years of age (as of April 1st, 2023)
(3) Educational background – Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to at least 16 years of academic background)
(4) Working experience /status Applicants for the category of “From the Private Sector” are required to have working experiences,
not to be employed by Japanese companies at the timing of joining the program (arriving in Japan).
Applicants for the category of “From Government” are required:
to have more than 6 months working experience at their current organizations and
to obtain permission for application, and
to secure reinstatement from their current organizations.
6 months as a research student if applicable
1 or 2 years as a Master’s student
Internship after graduation for the limited participants only (details are to be determined) [NOTES]
Participants may not be able to arrive in Japan by September 2023, depending on the situation of the pandemic.