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Sharing experience and knowhow with the Fulbright Program

North America International Student Service

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study and research in the U.S. and worldwide. It has been administered by Institute of International Education (IIE), a New York based independent not-for-profit founded in 1919. IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.

Both the Fulbright Program and IIE are the role models for JICE to manage various international scholarship grants by the Government of Japan. Through exchanging visits, both organizations are learning and sharing experince and knowhow to better manage international scholarships. Last year a JICE Delegation headed by Mr. Tsuyoshi Shionoya, Managing Director, International Student Affairs Department and consisting of Mr. Aiichiro Yamamoto, Special Assistant to the President, Ms. Maki Saito, Director, Personnel Division, Mr. Kojiro Yoshioka and Ms. Saori Tomono, Staff, International Students Division visited IIE Headquarters in New York to know more about the operation of IIE in scholarship management and their strategies such as branding of the Fulbright Program.

One of the common challenges of JICE and IIE is how to develop a strategy and a system of tracking and following up the returned fellows and students. Because most of the scholarship grants managed by JICE are financed by the Official Development Assistance budget of the Government of Japan, we must be keen to make sure that all the returned fellows with a deep understanding of Japan stay in touch with her with a sense of pride and honor.

In this context, we wish to continue our partnership with IIE not just by exchanging operational knowhow but by forging a win-win relationship to tackle common challenges.


Tsuyoshi Shionoya
Managing Director,
International Student Affairs Department


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Photographed with IIE’s Fulbright Team
from front left to right: Ms. Tomono, Mr. Yamamoto, Ms. Saito and Mr. Shionoya