Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship

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Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship: World Customs Organization (WCO) awards a number of scholarships for the Master’s Degree programme in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU), Tokyo, Japan.

The Master’s Degree programme comprises two segments: an academic segment and a practical segment. The academic segment starts with focused teaching of foundational skills in strategic management and IPR.

It then moves to a range of applied topics which help students understand how to design, implement, and evaluate public policies, in particular Customs policy, in accordance with development strategies for organizations.

The practical segment is taught in co-operation with Japan Customs, including the Japan Customs Training Institute.

Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Scholarship Eligibility

  • The candidates should be in good health, preferably below 40 years of age as of 1 April before their studies begin.
  • The recipients of Scholarships under this Programme will enrol for the Master’s Degree programme in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) programme at the AGU
  • This Scholarship is for one academic year starting from April. There will be a preparatory course in March for a few weeks before the start of the Programme
  • The candidates should be Customs officers fully proficient in English
  • (a minimum TOEFL score of internet Based Test (iBT) 79 / Computer-Based Test (CBT) 213 / Paper Based Test (PBT) 550, IELTS 6.0, or its equivalent qualification to prove their language proficiency)
  • They should have a university degree or equivalent qualification
  • The candidates should have at least 3 years of work experience in Customs and should have assessed potential for advancement
  • In the selection, preference will be given to candidates who have experience in IPR border enforcement, and who are expected to work in the IPR-related section of their Customs administration after this Scholarship Programme.

    Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Scholarship

    An all-inclusive allowance of approximatively 147,000 Japanese yen per month will be granted to cover the cost of accommodation, meals and incidental expenses for the study period.

    The amount of the allowance is subject to change according to the decision of the Japanese Government. (The allowance will be paid in Japanese yen.)

    Round-trip economy-class air tickets between your home country and Japan will be provided. Airfare is provided for the scholar only and the travel must be on the date specified by AGU.

    As well, the scholars will be offered assistance by the AGU to find residential accommodation at a reasonable rent.

    Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Scholarship Application

    Applying for the scholarship is done electronically.

    For more scholarship information and application, visit; Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship

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