JSPS Alumni Association of the Philippines (JAAP) held FY2017 Bridge Fellowship Program nominating committee meeting on February 27, 2017 in Manila.
The nominating committee consists of four members; Dr. Susan Gallardo, President of JAAP, Dr. Renato G. Reyes, Secretary General of JAAP, Prof. Kuniaki Yamashita, Director of JSPS Bangkok Office, and Dr. Carol M Yorobe, DOST Representative.
The BRIDGE Fellowship Program is provided exclusively for regular members of officially-established JSPS alumni associations who have conducted research activities in Japan under the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers or other JSPS programs. It gives them an opportunity to re-visit Japan and to create, sustain and/or strengthen research collaborations with Japanese colleagues.
After the just and transparent deliberation, JAAP decided to recommend one researcher to FY2017 Bridge Fellowship from among 8 applicants . The Nominee from JAAP is subject to be approved by JSPS headquarters.
Consecutively, JSPS Bangkok Office and JAAP President and Secretary General discussed activity schedule for FY2018. The tentative schedule of JAAP annual general assembly and symposium is during 11-15 July, 2017 the National Science and Technology Week at Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC).
Dr. Susan, JAAP President informed the body that JAAP would invite 1-2 Japanese speakers to the symposium, and also the Presidents of BJSPSAA, JAAT, NJAA and JAAI as well.
After the meeting, JAAP President, Secretary General and JSPS Bangkok Office members made a courtesy visit to the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines to introduce JSPS and JAAP activities and ask Mr. Ken Nakamura, new Director, Japan Information and Culture Center for further support and collaboration.
JSPS Bangkok Office will hold Guidance Seminar in cooperation with JAAP on the following day of symposium at some university or research institution at the north Philippines, and we will invite Mr. Nakamura to strengthen with our collaboration.