★News & Updates★
- Deadline for first round applications: Wednesday, September 23 *Closed
- Deadline for second round applications: Monday, October 19 *Closed
- Deadline for third round applications: Monday, November 16 *Closed
- Deadline for the fourth round applications: Monday, December 14 *Closed
- Dead line for the fifth round applications and after: The first Monday of each month from January 2021 (must be postmarked by the deadline)
*Please be noted that the application may be closed in the middle of the year depending on the budget execution status.
The Industry-Academia collaborative program is an industrial human resource development program, which is realized through the establishment of courses (special courses) at local universities, etc. in developing countries, and by providing internships (work experience) (note) to students with cooperating with Japanese companies and local Japan-affiliated companies, etc.
The purpose of this program is to improve the knowledge and skills of students that are desired by Japanese companies and local Japan-affiliated companies through courses and internships, together with increasing their motivation to seek employment at the aforementioned companies. By leading students to such workplaces, the goal is to contribute to the facilitation of business activities and establishment of stronger ties between Japan and the relevant countries.
Japanese government subsidies are applied for part of the expenses needed to implement the Industry-Academia collaborative programs.
Note: Carrying out internships shall not be required.
Requirements of Applicant Companies
For Japanese companies or local Japan-affiliated companies, etc. ("applicant companies") who wish to provide the Industry-Academia collaborative programs and apply for subsidy, the requirements are as follows:
- Companies and organizations with corporate status in Japan (with more than 50% Japanese ownership), or local Japan-affiliated corporations in which such companies and organizations have invested more than 50% of equity or representative offices of such companies and organizations
- Those with plans to hire students from local universities etc. in developing countries that are eligible for Industry-Academia collaborative programs
- Those with the abilities to implement and manage courses and internships and to pay associated costs
- Those able to arrange companies and organizations to assist with preparation and implementation of Industry-Academia collaborative programs in the countries and regions where they are conducted, as necessary
Activities to be implemented by Applicant Companies
- In cooperation with local universities, etc., carrying out required procedures for the establishment of the Industry-Academia collaborative programs, such as designing the program's subjects and carrying out scheduling.
- Creating a program curriculum in accordance with the applicant companies' desired knowledge and skills, selecting/requesting lecturers, and creating a syllabus and materials, etc.
- Procuring materials and equipment and carrying out management related to the proper use and maintenance of said materials and equipment when AOTS specifically acknowledges that they will enhance the effectiveness of guidance in the program.
- Coordinating with local universities, etc. for the program, including setting time slots for lectures, etc., recruiting students to take the program, and requesting for attendance management of the students.
- Coordinating with local universities, etc. for implementation and management methods for the program, and providing support to carry out the program without any delays.
- As necessary, planning and implementing internships at applicant companies for students who were selected among the participants. If an applicant company is not appropriate for carrying out an internship, it shall be able to carry out the internship in cooperation with business-related companies. When doing so, the applicant company shall decide the timing, number of students, period, content, and the person in charge in consultation with the company which accepted the internship.
- When an internship is to be carried out, providing guidance for applicable students in advance regarding the internship plan, and taking appropriate measures for the management of their health and safety.
- Reporting on progress of program implementation during the period of the Industry-Academia collaborative programs, creating completion reports, and reporting and settling expenses.
- Other matters which are required for implementation and management regarding the establishment of the Industry-Academia collaborative programs.
Requirements of the Industry-Academia Collaborative Programs
Configuration and overview
- Structure: Lectures, seminars, exercises, practical training / experiments, research, etc. which are carried out at participating universities
- Rough target for total course hours: 450 minutes or longer (ex.: 90 minutes x 5 sessions)
- Number of participants: 5 or more
- Overview: Work experience, carried out at the applicant companies or relevant companies for all or some the students attending the courses
Details of the Industry-Academia collaborative programs
Details on advanced technical fields, etc. directly related to corporate activities
(Example) Automation, AI, IoT, robotics, information security, big data processing, next-generation automotive-related, mechatronics, steel structure design, carbon recycling, clean energy, optical and quantum technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials.
Content to encourage employment with Japanese and Japan-affiliated companies
(Example) Introductions to companies and products, advantages of employment with Japanese and Japan-affiliated companies (career development, advantages in treatment), language skills for communication after employment
Countries where the program is implemented
Developing countries and regions
Universities and Institutions which are applicable for the establishment of the Industry-Academia collaborative programs
Local universities and institutions in developing countries that are applicable for the establishment of the Industry-Academia collaborative program shall be higher educational institutions that meet the following requirements:
- Schools and other educational institutions providing education on advanced technical fields in developing countries and regions
- Schools and other educational institutions that have established and operate programs awarding degrees of the level of “Associate Degree” or “Foundation Degree”, or higher
- Schools and other educational institutions that graduate human resources who can be expected to play active role at Japanese companies or local Japan-affiliated companies
Qualifications of students
Students must meet the following requirements:
- Students who are enrolled in local universities, etc. that are applicable for the establishment of the Industry-Academia collaborative programs
- Students who are nationals of developing countries and regions
- In principle, students who are 18 years old or older
- Students who do not belong to the military
Course teaching method
- Lecturers in charge of the courses shall be external experts, specialists, employees of the applicant companies, and faculty members of universities which establish the Industry-Academia collaborative programs. In addition, the lecturers can carry out the courses using an interpreter.
- In principle, the lectures and exercises of the courses shall be carried out within the local universities, etc., but may include activities at external facilities, or practical training / experiments at companies if necessary.
- The courses can be carried out as online lessons, using ICT tools and digital devices through the Internet.
- Internships shall be to help students learn about the excellent technology and know-how of Japanese companies, to experience Japanese culture/life, advanced social infrastructure, and workplace environments, etc., and to encourage students to work for Japanese companies or local Japan-affiliated companies through practical work experience.
- In the accepting companies for internships, adequate management and systems for interns shall be set, including the arrangement of a mentor, support for interns' daily lives, arrangement of supplies and equipment, etc. which are necessary for the internship, and arrangement of an interpreter to help interns carry out the work experience in a language which they can understand.
- If the accepting company for the internship is not located in the same country as the university, such as being located in Japan, the applicant company shall carry out necessary procedures for the interns' entry into the country and stay, such as for the acquisition of visas, etc., and shall comply with the laws of the country and AOTS standards for internships and treatment, etc. of interns.
- If carrying out direct guidance at the company which accepted the internship is considered to be not appropriate due to the effects of special circumstances, such as the novel coronavirus pandemic, the company can remotely provide a practical alternative program using ICT tools, and it shall be treated as an internship after obtaining approval from the university, etc. which establishes the Industry-Academia collaborative programs.
Share of expenses for implementing the Program
Japanese government subsidy shall be applied to two-thirds of the expenses for the establishment of the Industry-Academia collaborative program (settlement amount) which was approved by AOTS as expenses eligible for the government subsidy.
Applicant companies shall be responsible for one-third of the expenses for the establishment of the Industry-Academia collaborative program (settlement amount) and 10% of the expenses for establishing the program (settlement amount) as the equivalent administrative expenses (the expenses that applicant companies shall be responsible for is referred to as "Share of expenses").
Expenses that are applicable for government subsidy (settlement amount) after deducting the share of expenses shall be paid.
Expenses that are Applicable for Government Subsidy
1. Expenses for the implementation of the Industry-Academia collaborative program
(1) Local-lecturer Lecture implementation cost
(a) Technical Guidance Fee for Local Lecturer
(b) Remuneration for Program Advisor
(c) Expenses for Creating Teaching Materials for Local Lecturer
(d) Educational Activity Expenses for Local Lecturer
(2) Foreign-lecturer lecture implementation costs
(a) Domestic Travel Expenses in Home Countries of Foreign Lecturers
(b) Overseas Travel Expenses for Foreign Lecturers
(c) Living Allowance for Foreign Lecturers
(d) Miscellaneous Expenses of Overseas Travel
(e) Technical Guidance Fee
(f) Expenses for Creating Teaching Materials for Foreign Lecturers
(g) Educational Activity Expenses for Foreign Lecturer
(3) Local internship implementation costs
(a) Domestic Travel Expenses for Intern
(b) Other Expenses for Internship Implementation in Intern's Resident Country
(4) Foreign internship implementation costs
(a) Domestic Travel Expenses in Host Country of Internship for Intern
(b) Overseas Travel Expenses for Intern
(c) Living Allowance for Intern
(d) Miscellaneous Expenses of Overseas Travel for Intern
(e) Other Expenses for Internship Implementation out of Intern’s Resident Country
(5) Subcontracting Expenses
(6) Expenses for Devices and Equipment
2. Administrative travel expenses
(a) Administrative Travel Expenses for Travel inside of Japan
(b) Administrative Travel Expenses for Overseas Travel and Domestic Travel out of Japan
Flow of Program Implementation
Corporate Liaison Department
Endowed Program Group
TEL : +81-3-3549-3053 FAX : +81-3-3549-3055