Fostering an East Asian Community: Technical assistance courses financed by Japanese foreign aid, 1959-2009

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Annette Skovsted Hansen - Foredragsholder

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Alumni from courses financed by foreign aid form networks. Japanese ODA channelled through MITI and the Foreign Ministry has financed courses for participants from developing countries for more than 50 years. Japan first offered ODA financed courses in 1954 through the Colombo Plan and the close to one 500.000 alumni of these courses held during the 55 year period have made and in some instances maintained the connections. Many alumni come from the rest of Asia, but others come from African countries, eastern European countries and South America and Mexico. Many alumni function as unofficial ambassadors for Japan in their home countries upon return. In order to benefit optimally from the potential of these contacts, The Association of Overseas Technical Scholarships (AOTS) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) both distribute newsletters to all alumni and support alumni societies in the home countries of the course participants and alumni conventions. The paper explores how the courses foster community building in East Asia. The analysis is based primarily on interviews, material published, and observations made in connection with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of AOTS.

10 jun. 2010

Begivenhed (Konference)

TitelEurope Japan Academic Research Networks Meeting, June 10-11. 2010

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