The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), a General Incorporated Foundation, was originally established as “Japan International Cooperation Service Center”, a foundation, in March 1977. On the occasion of changing the status to a general incorporated foundation in April 2013, JICE has set an objective of “contributing to the development of the global society through activities pertaining to strengthening mutually beneficial relationships between Japan and other nations”. Since then, JICE has been committed to human resources development with a view to contributing to Japan’s international cooperation activities by implementing “International Student Service”, “International Participant Training”, “International Youth Exchange, and “Multiculturalism Promotion Service” along with “Japanese Language Education”, conducted domestically.
In an increasing integration of globalized world economy, there has been a sense of critical feeling spreading in the countries across the globe towards expansion of discrepancy and unfairness in the society, and environmental disruption of ecosystem. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “ as international development goals by 2030, and Japan has been making utmost efforts to achieve the goals. While deepening international cooperation, JICE will also be actively engaged in implementing the SDGs with a focus on the field of human resources development.
As the detail of our activities, “International Student Service” and “International Participant Training” have implemented the projects to support young civil servants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East for studying in Japan, and to conduct management training programs for government officials from various countries. “International Youth Exchange” has been in charge of implementation of international exchange programs to encourage an understanding of Japan among youth in Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe, including dispatch of Japanese youth overseas. “Multiculturalism Promotion” and “Japanese Language Education” have provided Japanese language courses and business manner seminar for foreign residents in Japan with different sociocultural background to assure the opportunities for learning and employment in Japan. In addition, JICE is extending dispatch of interpreters and translation work, and operation of international projects in the Middle East to assist vocational education. By promoting these projects, JICE will be aiming to play its role in contributing toward achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant changes in the educational and training environment. While promoting IT in daily work, JICE will fully utilize networks established in collaboration with industry-government-academia through various projects. With our expertise and experiences of international exchange and human resources development, JICE will continue our endeavor to tackle the imminent challenges for further social contributions. Under the motto of “Share knowledge and experience. For our world. For the future.”, all JICE staff will be strongly committed to move forward with the flexible mindset to respond in a prompt and an appropriate manner to the rapidly changing social issues and needs in Japan and across the world.
I would sincerely appreciate your continued support and cooperation.