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ACTIVITIES FOR JISPA SCHOLARS

The IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP) and partnership universities organize several activities for JISPA scholars.

Networking

OAP hosts welcome and farewell receptions each year for JISPA scholars to help them develop a network with other scholars. Officials from the Bank of Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Finance (MOF), together with representatives from the relevant embassies, also attend these events in order for them to get acquainted with the scholars.

Seminars

JISPA Seminar:

OAP organizes a series of occasional seminars on current policy issues exclusively for JISPA scholars. The scholars are encouraged to actively participate in discussions. During the 2016-17 academic year, several seminars on topics related to fiscal governance in Europe and macroeconomic policy implications of climate change were delivered. Roundtable discussions with IMF economists are also arranged so as to deepen scholars’ understanding of policy issues as well as the work of the IMF.

Roundtable Discussion Session with the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and Ministry of Finance (MOF):

OAP arranges roundtable discussion sessions with career bureaucrats/economists of the Japanese MoF and BoJ so as to provide opportunities for scholars to familiarize themselves with the operations of the Japanese government agencies as well as to build a network between the JISPA scholars and Japanese officials.

Thesis Presentation:

OAP organizes a thesis presentation where representatives from among JISPA scholars present their thesis as an accomplishment of their studies under the program.

OAP hosted seminars:

JISPA scholars are also invited as observers to high-level regional conferences on macroeconomic and financial policy issues organized by OAP.

Field Trip

Each partnership university arranges a field trip exclusively for JISPA scholars once a year. This trip helps the scholars promote an understanding of the Japanese economy and traditional culture. Destinations include industrial facilities, local governments, branch offices of ministries and/or the central bank, as well as cultural and historical heritage sites in Japan.

Alumni Activities

To provide a life-long education for the JISPA alumni, starting from AY2018-19, OAP will carry out a new initiative of a training program for JISPA alumni who are currently in mid-level senior positions. It aims to strengthen the analytical skills of JISPA alumni that will help their policy making decisions with sound judgment, and facilitate their policy dialogues at international fora.

OAP also arranges alumni gatherings in various countries for former JISPA scholars. It also maintains an alumni networking site to promote and facilitate networking opportunities between alumni. The site is for the exclusive use of alumni, and enables them to search and interact with other alumni.

For recent activities, please see News & Events.

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