ASJA (Asia Japan Alumni) International (“ASJA”) is an international institution established in April 2000 as a counterpart to ASCOJA (ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni). The organization was initially founded with five countries and currently has members from ten countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Brunei).
With the support of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ASJA had implemented scholarship programs for students nominated by the Japan Alumni Associations in each country that is a member of ASCOJA. In addition to supporting educational research in Japanese graduate schools, the goal of the program is to help international students learn Japanese and develop an understanding of Japanese culture and people before returning home in order to cultivate future leaders who can act as a bridge between their native country and Japan. One scholarship student was accepted from each country, and 110 trainees had participated as of FY2015.
Thanks to the allocation of new funding in the FY2014 government budget, ASJA will continue to provide exchange programs for Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship students. In FY2015, ASJA accepted 23 Japanese government scholarship students (graduate and undergraduate students) who were nominated by the Japan Alumni Associations in each of the ten ASEAN countries as ASJA-MEXT students.