Continued from 2 weeks ago, we discuss implementing an effective and wide-reaching scholarship fund for Japanese students. In order to do this, creating an organization that helps coordinate the various requirements becomes a critical necessity.
The third (and last point) is the importance of getting private industry involved.
3. Get private industry involved
A lot of companies “talk the talk” – they complain about their incoming hires not being worldly or knowing English – but they can “walk the walk” by participating in this program. As mentioned before, the program should be funded primarily by private companies. The reason is that this would give businesses a certain amount of “buy-in” – making them active stakeholders in the program and giving them an interest in its success and the success of the participating students. Private companies would also help by defining the types of people they want to hire – namely, people with overseas experience – as well as creating a willing job market for the students who return from overseas. To ease this process a certificate could be created for alumni, so that employers can tell who participated in the “official scholarship program.” This is especially true in this country, since the Japanese love certificates and rankings.
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