The Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST) has seen an increase in the population of JICA students (Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Long-Term) participants) coming from Africa and Asia to pursue their degrees. In order to reach out to the growing number of JICA students, the JICA Support Desk (JSD) office was established in November 2020 by the GSST. At the JSD office, former JICA program participants work closely with the GSST Academic Affairs Division to offer their assistance by maximizing their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the current and prospective JICA scholars through their settlement in Niigata and issues relating to the smooth-running of their academic activities.

News

Last Updated: November 21, 2022

New JICA Student Orientation

The JICA Support Desk (JSD) with the help of the GSST Academic Affairs Division held a new student orientation for eleven newly arrived JICA students on October 11, 2022. (They are currently enrolled as research students in the undergraduate faculty of science, engineering, or agriculture, or the graduate school, depending on their area of study and degree they hold.)
The orientation was to help them prepare for many aspects of life as JICA scholars in Niigata and at NU. During the orientation, the dean of the GSST also delivered a welcome message, and continuing students as well as a guest/assistant professor offered pieces of advice to the new students.
We are excited to welcome them to the NU GSST JICA family!

Messages

Last Updated: December 6, 2022

As an ex-JICA participant, I obtained my master’s degree from the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST) in Niigata University. Subsequently, I proceeded to pursue a doctorate from the same graduate school. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher and my research area is in the field of soil microbiology.

The JICA Support Desk office (JSD) was introduced in the GSST to help cope with the challenges of adapting to the new environment such as the climate, phone and line contracts, apartment contracts, medical emergencies, academic activities amongst several others. The office is accessible to all JICA participants who may have any problems or inquiries.

As a message, all current and prospective JICA program participants are encouraged to consult with the JSD regarding any issues, concerns or inquiries you may have. We are here for you!!!

SAMUEL Oloruntoba Solomon, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
(JICA: ABE Initiative Batch 3)



I am an ex-participant of the 4th Batch JICA ABE Initiative program. In 2020 I obtained my master’s degree from the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST), Niigata University (NU). As soon as I obtained this master’s degree, I continued to pursue a Ph.D. from the same graduate school. Currently, I am a third-year Ph.D. student, and my research area is hydrology and water resources.

I was privileged to be one of the pioneers in setting up the GSST JICA Support Desk (JSD) to support fellow JICA scholars and promote the internationalization of NU. This GSST JSD has given me an excellent opportunity to demonstrate my leadership skills to over 30 JICA scholars from over 15 countries in Africa and Asia. I would like to take this chance to express my gratitude to the GSST JSD and friends for their teamwork.

My message to all current and prospective JICA scholars is to encourage them to fully utilize the JSD whenever they want to seek guidance or have issues, concerns, or questions.

CHAPASA Stanley Nungu
Ph.D. Student
(JICA: ABE Initiative Batch 4)



My name is Clever Nkhokwe Kanga, I come from Malawi, a country located in the South eastern part of Africa. I am an ex-participant from the 1st Batch of Agriculture Network Studies for Food Security (Agri-Net) program of 2020. I graduated with my master’s degree in Agriculture from the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST), Niigata University (NU) in September 2020. As soon as I obtained this master’s degree, I continued to pursue a Ph.D. from the same graduate school. Currently, I am a first-year Ph.D. student, and my research initiatives are to develop of Biostimulant from volatile compounds emitted from Shitake fungi-beds for improving rice production under climate change conditions. 

During my master course period I was tremendously assisted in various ways through the JICA desk support desk from ex-JICA scholars working there. And it is with great privilege that during my Doctors course period I have joined the great team working at the GSST JSD and this gives me a great opportunity to give back by supporting others coming after me as I have been assisted.  

I would like to encourage all prospective and current JICA scholars to take full ownership and utilization of this great office facility that has been set up just for you.

KANGA Clever Nkhokwe
Ph.D. Student
(Agri-Net 2020)