Kyoto University hosts Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP) 2022 winter QE/Pre-QE
March 14, 2023
On February 4, Kyoto University hosted the 2022 winter Qualifying Examination (QE) / Pre-QE meeting of its Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP).
The gathering, the '7th QE/Pre-QE', opened with an address from Professor Katsuichi Uchida, president of Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) Academic Committee, which sponsors AFLSP, expressing his expectations for Kyoto University's role in the program. He was followed by Professor Masayuki Fujihara of the KyotoU Graduate School of Agriculture, chair of the University's AFLSP taskforce. Professor Fujihara explained the aim of the program, now in its ninth year, and the objective of the meeting as an opportunity for AFLSP scholars to share their research and public-service efforts.
In the main part of the event -- presentation sessions run by Associate Professor Liang Zhao of the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS, or 'Shishu-Kan') and Junior Associate Professor Kai-Chun Chang of the Graduate School of Engineering -- five scholars discussed their research and shared their public-service and other accomplishments over the past years. There were also presentations by four groups of scholars on their Team-Project Based Research (T-PBR). T-PBR involves students working in groups of two or three and has been a part of AFLSP since April 2022.
After these sessions, each presenter received feedback from the reviewers, who later selected one scholar and one T-PBR group for awards for superior achievements and presentations.
AFLSP is anticipated to continually facilitate Asian students' understanding of cultural diversity and development of leadership skills for years to come.
During a presentation session
Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP)
AFLSP was established in 2014 by BXAI with the aim of providing young people in Asia with opportunities to study in other parts of the region, enabling them to deepen their understanding of different cultures while gaining the leadership skills needed to contribute to regional and global development.
The program currently accepts approximately 100 students each year to study at six partner universities in Japan and China. As one of the partner universities, Kyoto University annually hosts approximately ten scholars.