Event Details

Japan-Africa Science Innovation Week on the Occasion of the TICAD VIII The Japan-Africa University Exchange Conference

2022/8/22 (Mon)19:30-21:00(JST)
University Exchange
Type of Event
Online Webinar
Host: Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST)
Co-host: JICA/Univ. of Tsukuba/Japan-Africa Academic Network(JAAN)
Under the auspices of: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)/Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA)


Africa contains about a quarter of all UN member states and continues to increase its presence in the international community. Africa has also built a strong relationship with Japan, despite geographical distance, and it is important for both sides to recognize one another as important partners that will benefit from even closer cooperation in future.
In most of the world’s academic exchanges, brain circulation tends to occur through a network centered on Europe and the United States. Therefore, to promote more STI cooperation and the mutual growth of our human resources, Japan and Africa should create an environment that makes it easier for young researchers and students to select each other as study abroad and career development destination.
This event will attempt to address the issue as part of Japan-Africa Science Innovation Week and the Research Cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development between Japan and Africa conference to be held on August 24th and 25th.

Key Questions

  • What are the current respective states of human resource exchange and academic exchange between universities in Japan and Africa?
  • How can we promote more exchange?
  • What expectations are there for exchange through the Sakura Science Program?


To revitalize people-to-people exchanges promoting inter-university collaboration between Japan and Africa, JST proposes inviting young African researchers and students to Japan through the Sakura Science Exchange Program. Participants will share the importance of face-to-face interaction through actual invitation programs.
Through the expansion of youth / student exchanges, both Japan and Africa will accelerate the globalization of their universities and the development of excellent human resources who will play an active role on the world stage.
This event consists of two parts: Part 1 entitled “Plenary Session” (open to the public) and Part 2 entitled “Presidents’ Round Table Meeting” (limited to university officials etc.).


Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Japan(TBC)
Dr. HASHIMOTO Kazuhito
President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Dr. MATSUMOTO Yoichiro
Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prof. NAGATA Kyosuke
President, University of Tsukuba
Prof. Amr Adly
President, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology
Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Ph.D., EBS
Vice-Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT)
Sakura Science Program Headquarters, Japan Science and Technology Agency

*The deadline for registration is 9:00 AM, Monday, August 22 (Japan time).