Yokohama National University, with a grant funded by the Government of Japan and administered by the World Bank under the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP), is now seeking prospective students for its inter-faculty Master’s Degree Program in Infrastructure Management (IMP). The program, which will begin in October 2021, is specifically designed for training infrastructure policy planners from World Bank member countries which are currently eligible to borrow.
Interested persons should apply for admission to the Graduate School of Urban Innovation (GSUI), Yokohama National University through the online system by 2 March 2021 and send printed document by 10 March 2021. After screening the records of qualified candidates, the GSUI Selection Committee will select specific number of nominees for admission to the program. The nominees should apply for final screening by the Word Bank (“Scholarship Application”) and several final passers will be accepted as IMP students and receive World Bank scholarships. Successful candidates will receive notification to that effect before July 2021 at the latest.
In applying for admission to the program, applicants should note that the IMP is oriented to training government officials with present or future management responsibility and an academic background in the field of engineering. Women are encouraged to apply.
The Master’s Degree Program in Infrastructure Management at Yokohama National University (YNU) was established with a special fund from the Government of Japan, administered by the World Bank, for the purpose of training government officials from developing countries who have engineering backgrounds. The program focuses on such areas as economics, management, specialized engineering and law related to the development and management of infrastructure. In a changing global situation, if the government officials who are engaged in planning and implementing their nations’ infrastructure development policies are to make decisions consistent with the welfare of the people of their countries, it is vital that those officials have advanced knowledge of and experience in management, technological fields and macro-economics.
The YNU program, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of students from developing countries under a scholarship program funded by the World Bank, offers lectures and laboratory work in the fields of engineering, economics, management and law. Students are also provided with the opportunity to learn practical Japanese, mathematics, computer techniques and other basic subjects. After the initial six months of schooling, students engage in internship programs related to their area of study.
Scholarships are allocated to the YNU program by the World Bank. Each scholarship provides a monthly allowance (most probably JPY150, 000 – JPY 170, 000) and a round-trip air ticket to Japan plus a travel allowance. The scholarship also covers tuition fees, the entrance examination fee, the admission fee, and the insurance.
Citizens of low and middle income World Bank member countries are eligible for the scholarships. Applicants must have at least three years of practical experience involving responsibility for infrastructure development and must also intend to pursue a career in the field of development.
Ooka International Residence is a quality housing complex for an international community of students, researchers, and faculty and administrative staff of YNU, which aims to promote multicultural exchange and understanding. This new residence, opened in September 2010, has 252 studio rooms for international students. The advantage of staying at Ooka International Residence is that the occupancy during the whole program period is guaranteed (students need not look for housing for the second year). University-affiliated housing facilities for accompanying family members are extremely limited. Students wishing to bring their families will be asked to make their own arrangements. It is advised that students who intend to bring family members wait until after the first semester of the program, when they become familiar with living conditions in Yokohama. Public daycare services are available for pre-school children, but they are extremely competitive, usually with a very long waiting list. Private childcare services (nannies, au pairs, etc.) are rare in Japan and if you can find them, they tend to be prohibitively expensive.