Monday, December 04, 2006

Japan America Student Conference on Global Change

Another great opportunity this summer in Japan! Professor Fields took part in this conference as a student and recommends it highly. In addition, though the program is not cheap, in this case we may have a specific line of funding for it. So if you are interested contact me or Professor Fields.

The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is an educational and cultural exchange program for university students. Each year, 36 American and 36 Japanese students from diverse backgrounds spend an intense month living, traveling, and studying together. During the 59th Conference in Japan, students will work to deepen the ties between the U.S. and Japan. The delegates will collaborate with leaders in business, academia, and government on contemporary social, economic, and political issues that face the U.S., Japan and the world. JASC is student managed by 16 Executive Committee (EC) members from both countries who work in collaboration with JASC, Inc. in Washington, DC and the International Education Center in Tokyo.

The 59th Conference will proceed under the theme “Advocating Japan-America Participation in Global Change.” Japan and America represent two major economies and democracies that are capable of combating issues in our world today—how they must work, where they must act, and what they must do will be a focus of this conference. As students, we stand in a unique position, and it is our responsibility to participate in contemporary politics and diplomacy.

The Conference will travel to four Japanese sites for academic roundtable discussions, cultural and social events, lectures and panel presentations. These experiences will provide a foundation for mutual understanding, social awareness, cultural sensitivity, and exchange of ideas. More importantly, the bonds that will form as a result of the 72 students living and working together will offer the basis for life-long friendships that will further strengthen the ties between Japan and the United States.

American delegates will be selected from all fields of study and will range from 1st year college students to Ph.D. candidates. Delegates need not be Asian studies majors or studying Japanese language because English is the primary language of the Conference. While U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is preferred, the only eligibility requirement is full-time student standing. Each applicant will be asked to submit short answer essays, an autobiographical essay, a writing sample, a current transcript and letters of recommendation. Upon selection, delegates will prepare a roundtable-related paper prior to the Conference.