In the year under review, the Scholarship Division received 13 applications and selected seven for awards. Five faculty members from Nanjing University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Portland State University, The University of the South Pacific and the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, all SYLFF-endowed institutions, visited participating institutions in foreign countries. An administrator at the State University of New York at Buffalo visited the Academy of Management in Mongolia, a SYLFF-endowed institution, and provided technical assistance to increase administrative efficiency and lectured on the accounting system in the United States. In addition, a professor from Kobe University of Mercantile Marine was hosted by the World Maritime University as a guest lecturer. A faculty member responsible for English language education at the World Maritime University visited the State University of New York at Buffalo to observe intensive English classes and to consult on curriculum development.
The Nippon Foundation Fund for Japanese Language Education (NFFJLE) \10,925,539
The Nippon Foundation Fund for Japanese Language Education (NFFJLE) provides scholarships and fellow-ships to students majoring in Japanese-language education. The Foundation does not offer scholarships or fellowships directly to students. Rather, proceeds from the investment of endowment funds are used to provide scholarships and fellowships to students selected by independent committees at participating institutions.
The Scholarship Division administers the NFFJLE program in collaboration with The Nippon Foundation, which presents endowments (US$1.5 million) to selected universities. Since the inception of the program in 1994, endowments have been provided to eight institutions of higher education in six countries.
Endowment Administration Projects
In the fiscal year under review, The Tokyo Foundation facilitated increasing the endowment at the University of Bucharest by US$800,000 to US$1.5 million to bring it in line with other NFFJLE endowments. The University of Bucharest plans to hold a ceremony in celebration of this additional contribution by The Nippon Foundation in fiscal 2000. Staff visited Cannakale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey) in March to participate in a steering committee meeting, and to meet with scholarship recipients and Japanese-language instructors.
｡?FFJLE Administrators' Conference
Sixteen administrators, from the eight universities in six countries, were invited to Japan to participate in a conference at the Shonan Village Center from May 31 to June 2, 1999. The conference focused on the administration of the NFFJLE program and approaches to creating a network of participating universities. The status of NFFJLE programs was reviewed during individual meetings with each university. On June 3, 1999, educators associated with Japanese-language education at universities in Japan were also invited to a luncheon at the Foundation to promote exchange with the endowed universities.
World Maritime University Fellowship Program \133,430,726
This program provides fellowships to mid-career professionals from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific and other regions enrolled at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden, to foster leadership in maritime affairs.
In the year under review, the Foundation presented a total of 48 fellowships (US$21,000 each); 25 to first-year students from 17 countries and 23 to second-year students from 17 countries. At graduation in October 1999, a reception was hosted by the Friends of WMU Japan, ill honor of fellowship recipients and to help build a viable network among fellowship recipients and Japanese sponsors.