BHN Human Development Program
BHN Human Development Program (the ‘Program’) was established in 1998 as BHN’s own human resource development program aiming to foster future leaders in the ICT field in Asian countries. The Program has been inviting promising persons every year, currently from 9 Asian countries, and providing them with a comprehensive training program lasting two semesters, that is, the first semester in Malaysia and the second semester in Japan. A total of 176 people from 13 different countries have participated since its inception through to the 23rd program.
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Training Course
APT, founded as a joint initiative between the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1979, has been providing human capacity building activities programs to its member countries and territories.
BHN has been entrusted with providing APT/EBC-J* human resource development programs and APT has sponsored the programs since FY2011
Participants in the course program take lectures from ICT experts and researchers in Tokyo and visit the companies and projects to see the ICT application with their own eyes. However, the program in 2019 was suspended due to the sweeping COVID-19 pandemic.
The program resumed in the form of online training in 2020 and 2021, many participants taking the course in their home countries.
Since this program began, the numbers of participants and countries/regions have reached 150 and 28 respectively.
*EBC-J : Extra-Budgetary Contribution from the Government of Japan
BHN Dr. Kuwabara Donation-Supported Course
BHN Association, in collaboration with the University of Electro-Communications （UEC）, Tokyo, established a course – “BHN Kuwabara Donation Supported Course” – in 2019.
This graduate course is funded with an endowment from Dr. M. Kuwabara, advisor to BHN and ex-vice president of NTT, and is being held annually at UEC for eight years, from 2019 to 2026.
This course is designed mainly for students from developing countries to deepen their understanding of SDGs and ICTs which facilitate them their attaining the goals.
This donation-supported course of study includes two courses titled “Information and Communications Technologies for SDGs” and “International Communication for Science and Technology” for a full year – two semesters. Students from overseas – 38 students from 10 countries and regions for the former course and 21 students from 11 countries and regions for the latter course – took these courses in the 2022 academic year.
Students from UEC attended the class on campus, and students from other universities, under the “Super Partnership Program for Graduate Schools”, e.g., Muroran Institute of Technology, Muroran, and Akita Prefectural University, Akita, also attended the class online.
BHN Dr. Kuwabara’s Fund Scholarship Program
This Scholarship Program was established in March, 2019 with the donation by Dr. Moriji Kuwabara, former chairman of BHN Association (please refer to his profile descried in Note below) and principally stands on his spirit that he intends to support the promising persons in the ICT field of Asian countries who are the former participants of ‘BHN Human Development Program’ and have eagerness to study at the top ranked Japanese graduate school to acquire the highest level of skills and knowledges as well as he expects they must contribute to the development of their countries and also actively take roll to deepen relationship and friendship as a bridge between Japan and their countries after their graduation.This Program prepares two types of Master’s program to apply that are (1) One-Year Master’s Program of Public Policy at National Graduate Institute for Policy Study (‘GRIPS’) and (2) One-Year Master Program of Business Administration at Hitotsubashi University Business School (‘HUB’).This Program commenced the recruitment of scholarship student from 2020 for the academic year in autumn 2021 as the First Generation and until the Second Generation, two scholarship students were born. The messages of two scholarship students are available to click ‘here’.
‘Guideline on the Application Procedures for the Academic Year ‘2022’’ will be available soon.
(Note): As a radiotelegraphy expert, Dr. Kuwabara promoted the practical application of microwave wireless communication, mobile communication, satellite communication and so on, and made great contribution to the development of Japan’s wireless communication technology to the world’s most advanced level.