Beneficiaries of the African Business Education Initiative for Youths (ABE) have been urged to use their skills attained at Japanese universities to develop viable solutions for their societal challenges.
The Japanese ambassador to Uganda, H.E Kazuaki Kameda made the call while officially welcoming the post graduate scholars that were trained in Kobe, Japan, at his Nakasero residence.
Kameda says the city of Kobe which is home to the Kobe Institute of Computing is a center of global interaction and transformative ideas, which if well leveraged could turn the tide in Uganda’s favor.
“I imagine that the 3 or 2 years on the education programme might not have been easy, but I deeply believe that the experience you have gained in Japan is invariable to your future” he said.
Kameda also implored the trainees to use this arrangement to steer close ties between the two countries.
Launched by Japanese Premier H.E Shinzo Abe at the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in Yokohama, the scholarship intends educate 1000 youth under a five year programme.
Since 2015, Japan under the ABE initiative has offered education at master’s level with 26 Ugandans attaining degrees in various fields such as; Public health, environmental engineering, food science and technology among others.
Fukase Yutaka the Japan International Agency of Cooperation (JICA) representative urged the departing master’s students under the 6th batch to exhibit good conduct in Japan.
“During your internship try to build relationships of trust with host companies by exhibiting zeal, seriousness and sincerity which is expected to last long and be expanded to wider future opportunities”
Raymond Agaba the permanent secretary at the Trade Ministry hailed Japan’s support towards Uganda’s business and technical institutions for the last 50 years.
“That is what we call being magnanimous and generous. The Japanese government, is magnanimous towards us Uganda”, Agaba said.