For the expansion of higher education, diversification of students and further promoting international student exchanges, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) was founded on April 1, 2004 as a core institution to comprehensively develop various student support services for higher education in Japan. 2018 marks 15 years since its establishment.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone for their support.
Since its founding, JASSO has, in collaboration with the government and related organizations, worked on improving student support through the following three pillars: Scholarship Programs for Japanese Students, Support Programs for International Students, and Support Programs for Student Living.
First of all, with Scholarship Programs for Japanese Students, we have expanded the scope of scholarship loans. The number of annual recipients is now 1.3 million (1 per 2.7 students) and total loans have reached approximately 1 trillion yen. 2018 will also see the implementation of the long-awaited Scholarship Grants, which do not have to be repaid. JASSO will continue to strive to ensure that, under the philosophy of "equal educational opportunity", people who have the ability and willingness will not need to abandon schooling due to financial reasons.
On Support Programs for International Students, we provide scholarships and information, both for Japanese students studying abroad and international students looking to study in Japan. According to a survey conducted in 2017,the total number of foreign exchange students that year was 267,000 and the total number of Japanese exchange students was 96,000. We are working to get those numbers up to our goal of 300,000 and 120,000 respectively.
With regard to Student Support Programs, on top of surveying and analyzing the current situation on support for career training, job seeking, and students with disabilities, we also gather and provide best practices from universities, and hold seminars for faculty and staff. JASSO will continue to enrich Support Programs for Student Living based on the "Act on Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities" of April 2016.
Furthermore, in carrying out these projects, the fact that the S's in JASSO stands for Student Services will be etched into the minds of all our executives and employees. This will aid us in constantly improving the content of our business to cater to any and all students, and providing public relation activities that are clearer and more carefully tailored towards students, parents, school officials and citizens.
We look forward to your continued support of and cooperation with JASSO.