Support Fund for International Students
About the Support Fund for International Students
The University of Tokyo Foundation’s Support Fund for International Students aims to provide economic assistance to international students at the University, to promote further exchange with international students through interactions with local communities and faculty members, and also to provide assistance to deal with unforeseen events. The details of support provided are as follows:
- Scholarship provision program: Scholarship of 50,000 yen per month for one year (20 students) or six months (10 students)
- Condolence money program: Provision of condolence money in case of accident or illness requiring hospitalization (up to 100,000 yen)
- Emergency loan program: Temporary loan for students experiencing financial difficulties due to accident or natural disaster (up to 200,000 yen)
- Volunteer activities support program: Ski lessons implemented by the University
This fund started as an independent scheme through which University faculty members and staff provided donations and it remains in operation to this day. It is an original project with high social credentials, which recognizes that the community that is a university “starts from individuals” and voluntary action.
As of May 2012 there are a total of 1,945 self-funding international students at the University and in order to aim for the “creation of a global campus that attracts talented students from around the world ” it is important to further increase the number of international students. It is therefore expected that a support system commensurate with a global campus will be further enhanced and developed.
Despite the need for such a support system, income from donations has tended to be insufficient in recent years and the fund has been forced into a severe situation, where even the provision of scholarships, money or loans to students has had to be disbursed from the balance brought forward from the previous year. If the current situation continues, not only will the scope of support activities have to be scaled back, it also threatens to impact the internationalization of the University.
While recognizing that the global economy continues to be sluggish, we hope that existing donors will continue to provide their support and that they will also provide the benefit of their cooperation in finding new donors.
Vice President and Director General, Divison of International Affairs
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