Launched by the Japanese Prime Minister Abe – Africa Business Education(ABE) Initiative for the youth under the government of Japan, students from various African countries can apply for support to study at Master degree level or take internship in Japan based on Japanese university recommendation. This involves African students first applying to the Japanese universities, and then getting an academic supervisor who can recommend accepted students to JICA for support and the MEXT Scholarship offered by the Ministry of Education of Japan.
The aim of this scholarship is to increase the number of African students going to Japan and vice versa. Under this scheme, the Japanese Government will accept 1200 young graduates from Africa for a two year masters programme and 6 months internship. The goals of the initiative as expressed by the Japanese government are to: Provide opportunities for competent African youth to study in Japan and to undertake internships at Japanese firms through public private partnerships, and to build networks among the alumni to foster future leaders for business between Japan and Africa.
* Information about the scholarships is available at the JICA offices and the Japanese Embassy.