April 10, 2018   Faculty Of Science Bimonthly Bulletin

Description of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council For the “Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI)”: Supporting the Higher Education of Orphaned Students from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ashinaga, a nonprofit organization named after the 1912 American novel Daddy-Long-Legs, focuses on provid-ing educational funding and emotional support to children who have experienced the loss of one or both parents or guardians from illness, accidents, suicides, and disasters, including the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Dr. Chomora Mikeka, Deputy Dean of Science as a “Kenjin” has been appointed to be a Member of The Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council which is a body of international leaders that forms a key part of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. Kenjin (??) are intellectuals and business leaders held in high public regard who have knowledge about global issues (e.g. Nobel laureates, academics, entrepreneurs).

For the inauguration, Dr. Mikeka visited Kyoto, Japan from 27th February - 8th March 2018. As Kenjin, he will act as an intellectual resource for “Ashinaga Africa Initiative.” He will provide valuable advice and proposals as to the formulation and management of the project, and offer ongoing counsel about the project’s development to Ashinaga. He will assist the headquarters to develop the institutional trust and authority necessary for fundraising and establishing relationships with universities.

He understands he will not be expected to fundraise on an individual level, but rather act as a support system for the project. He will also advise Ashinaga in finding suitable matches between scholarship students and universities. He is expected to facilitate the exchange of information with universities and assist with other support-related tasks. When possible, he will visit and interact with Ashinaga scholarship students during their period of study.

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