IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP)
The JISPA offers the Orientation Program (OP) to newly accepted scholars under the partnership track. The OP aims to ensure that scholars entering the JISPA are well prepared to commence their master’s programs in economics at the partnership universities and to adjust to life in Japan through intensive courses in English, math/computational skills, and Japanese. This program is held from mid-July to late-September (2.5 months), prior to commencing studies at the partnership universities. The OP is conducted at the International University of Japan (IUJ) in Niigata prefecture.
The OP comprises:
- a four-week course in academic English (reading, writing, listening, and oral communication skills) and writing tutorial sessions during the subsequent four weeks;
- a four-week course in mathematics/computational courses for economics (including statistical software);
- a one-week course in introductory economics; and
- a one-week course in the Japanese language (including lectures on cross-cultural understanding and field visits).
All of JISPA incoming scholars are requested to participate in the OP. Scholars from countries where the official language is English are exempted from taking the English component, but are requested to participate in the remaining components of the OP.
In addition to the courses mentioned above, the IMF staff will offer lectures on the IMF to introduce its role and functions, as well as contributions made by the Japanese Government to the IMF. Some extracurricular activities are organized by the IUJ to facilitate interaction among the OP participants. It aims to develop leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills through social and cross-cultural communication activities.
Message from the Scholar:
The Orientation Program (OP) mainly offers beneficial short-term programs to reinforce the academic skill which will assist the students in their prospective academic endeavor. Furthermore, the cultural understanding course, which enhances the appreciation of Japanese culture and traditions, facilitates our life in Japan. Owing to this valuable program, I have benefited greatly in both academic perspectives and appreciation of Japanese social customs. In brief, I would like to predicate that the OP at IUJ together with the various social activities in its pleasant environment will bring valuable and unforgettable memories to all future participants.
Mr. Heinn Aung Kyaw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Central Bank of Myanmar