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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Questions Related to Opening the Qualified Course

Q.We want to apply for the grant for setting up a new course. How should we go through a procedure?
A.Please refer to “Grant Programmes” on this website. It explains the Foundation’s basic vision, activities, subsidization policy and application form. Please read them carefully before applying for the grant.
Q.What kind of syllabus should we prepare for a new course? It is difficult for us to have a clear image of the concrete content of such a course.
A.You can refer to “Grants” on this website for that. It has a list of universities and the courses subsidized by the Foundation and a section of their syllabuses. The syllabuses are available in Japanese and some in English.
Q.May we have some advice on making a course plan? It seems that many of the course plans have adopted an omnibus style.
A.A course plan should be decided by the university autonomously. The Foundation is not in a position to interpolate a comment on it. An omnibus style might be a good way for this kind of theme: many lecturers could participate in the course and thus it would enable the course contents to be rich and the course theme be handled from various angles.
Q.Are there any conditions that require a course to meet for receiving a grant?
A.Course should be one of formally recognized by the school rules, and a certain lesson hours (teaching hour X sessions) be assured for a given period such as a semester. Thus, as a general rule, the course must qualify a credit or credits of the school.
Q.How many days before opening the course or beginning the lessons, must we submit application for the grant?
A.In principle, an application for a grant must be submitted to the Foundation three months, at the latest, before opening a new course. If it is difficult to meet this deadline due to the school’s internal procedures or some other reasons, please contact us for advice.
Q.Are there any restrictions concerning transfer of grant money to school? Is it limited only to direct transfer to the school’s bank account?
A.Yes. The grant money will be transferred only to the school’s (or its sub-organ’s) formal bank account. No other method will be available.
Q.What should we do if the school cannot line up all lecturers of its own?
A.It does not matter if the school invites lecturers who are teaching or working at other institutions. The grant will cover expenses in those cases. If the school cannot find suitable lecturers, it is possible that the Foundation introduces appropriate persons.
Q.Is it a requirement to have some visiting lecturers for the course?
A.As already mentioned, the school should autonomously decide the contents of the syllabus and lecturers of its course. One Asia Foundation would not meddle in these issues. Naturally, whether there are any visiting lecturers for the course or not is not a necessary condition for the grant. However, an increase in expenses incurred in inviting quest speakers may become a factor in deciding the actual amount of the grant.
Q.How is the amount of each case decided?
A.The amount of each application will be decided by the Foundation’s screening committee based on its screening standards. In concrete terms, when deciding the amount the committee will consider, in a comprehensive manner, such factors as income level of the country, the size of the school (total number of students of the school and enrollment limit of the department planning to have a new course), the number of students attending the course, and the lineup of teaching staff of the course (special field of study, each lecturer’s allotted task, inviting quest lecturers or not) and among others.
Q.Are there any restrictions concerning the course name and the contents of the syllabus?
A.The Foundation respects the autonomy of every university/college and there are no specific restrictions. However, the applicant should pay attention to the aim of the grant; it is for opening or establishment of a new course on the studies of Asian Community to be formed in the near future. The name and the educational content of the course must reflect this basic principle.
Q.Is there any restriction regarding departments to be subsidized by the Foundation? Could a department (instead of college) be a grant recipient?
A.The grant recipient could be the whole school, some particular department, general (meaning liberal arts) course or some specialized course. Even a department of science and technology is a potential candidate.
Q.Do you accept grant applications for the third year and more?
A.The grant period is two years only. There are some cases that the applications for the third year and more can be approved if the certain requirements are fulfilled; the course being offered and will be continued as an official regular lecture series at the university, etc.

Scholarship System

Q.We understand that your subsidy program includes a scholarship system. Please tell us about the system.
A.The scholarship of One Asia Foundation will be awarded to the students among those that attend a course on the studies of One Asian community. Prospective recipients include irregular students. This scholarship is not for general students in large.
Q.Is this scholarship to be provided from the grant money for opening a new course?
A.No. It is funded separately from the grant amount to be given to a new course.
Q.In concrete terms, how are the amount of the scholarship and the numbers of the recipients decided?
A.The total amount of the scholarship is up to 20 percent of the course-grant money. The actual amount will be decided considering the number of recipients and other factors. If the approved grant for opening a course is 4 million yen, for instance, the amount of scholarship will be 800,000 yen.
Q.How will scholarship recipients be selected?
A.The school recommends some students as prospective scholarship recipients. Then the Foundation will give endorsement to the recommendation. The school must fairly select qualified students, and the responsible person of the school (the dean or a person in a quasi-equivalent position) should fill up the list of nominees to be recommended to the Foundation.
Q.How is the total amount of scholarship distributed among the recipients? In other words, how is the ranking of scholarship amount among the recipients decided?
A.The Foundation will decide only the total amount of the scholarship after consultation with the school. The rest should be decided by the school. However, the foundation tends to request that as many students as possible should be awarded the scholarship and that the rankings be limited only up to the third or the fourth grade.
Q.Are certificates of scholarship or commendation certificates prepared by the school?
A.No. The Foundation will arrange everything related to certificates and prize money of this scholarship. The Chairman of the Foundation will hand them personally to winner-students at an awarding ceremony.

Other General Questions

Q.Is there any religious motivation behind the activities of One Asia Foundation?
A.The Foundation has no connection with any religions or religious groups. One Asia Foundation will not restrict its members’ any and every right regarding their freedom of thought, belief and religion, nor will it engage in any activity making an exception for some specific thought, belief or religion. The Foundation believes that a person’s freedom of thought and belief should be most highly respected.
Q.Are schools with religious background (such as “missionary school”) excluded from being subsidized by the Foundation?
A.Schools with religious background including “missionary school” will be subsidized for setting up a new course if the course can contribute to attaining the Foundation’s basic goal, “formation of Asian Community in the near future.”
Q.What is the difference between “Asian Community” aimed at by the Foundation and other proposals of “Asian community” (for example, East Asian community or Northeast Asian community) advocated by several intellectuals?
A.Asia in “Asian Community” aimed at by the Foundation covers a wider area than the other proposals. It includes Central Asia, Mongol and South Asia. In this regard, the concept and the coverage of the region are different from those proposed by contemporaries.
Q.Then, if a new course opts to adopt a different approach to unification than the concept of “Asian Community” aimed at by the Foundation, will it not be subsidized by this fund?
A.The Foundation’s basic principle is just to overcome the barrier of nations and of national borders. It means that the Foundation can accept other approaches to the unification movement if the goal is the same. Accordingly, whether a course can be subsidized or not will depend on the content of the course. Screening Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Foundation will decide availability of the fund case-by-case.
Q.Does One Asia Foundation have any relationship with governmental or official circles?
A.One Asia Foundation is an institution founded and supported by an endowment of utterly private assets. Its activities have always been kept a distance from official circles, and we will not change this stance in years to come.
Q.One Asia Foundation is said a truly non-governmental, private organization. How does its financial assistance or subvention differ from those granted by the state or state institutions?
A.Grants given by the state or government agencies are originated from public funds (taxpayers’ money), and the projects to be subsidized by them must be more or less subject to the basic policies of the nation or national interests. In contrast, as its basic vision manifests, One Asia Foundation provides financial support to organizations and activities whose aim is to establish “Asian Community” in the future, respecting identity of each nation and people while transcending the limit of the concept of one “state” or one “nation”. As such, One Asia Foundation gives focus on the projects whose purpose is to contribute to the interests for Asia as a whole rather than “national interests” in the narrow sense.

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