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Peruvian Association of Mombusho Scholarship Students (APEBEMO)

INTRODUCTION

The Peruvian Association of Mombusho (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Students, APEBEMO, is an institution of cultural, scientific and technological character. It is constituted by professionals of different specialties, who had follow Master and Doctorate studies, or had made researches in institutions and/or universities of Japan, under the auspices of the Japanese government.

BACKGROUND

The idea of getting together in an association sprang up in July 1986, when some of the former Mombusho ex-scholars discussed about establishing a Peruvian Association of Mombusho Scholarship Students, but it was not until February 1996 that APEBEMO was established.

One of the persons who encouraged that project was Mr. Pedro Villena Hidalgo, President of the National Board of Science and Technology (CONCYTEC) who had planned to set a network about the various peruvians ex-scholars associations, and carry on projects of technological and scientific development. Unfortunately he passed out the same year in an airplane accident.

On June 11th, 1996, the first Executive committee took oaths; and that day, the APEBEMO directory was distributed for the first time. That directory presented information about Mombusho Scholarship Students from 1960 (the first year that Japanese government offered scholarships to Peruvians) to 1995. The task of data collection was not easy, but we could achieve it with the assistance of the Embassy of Japan in Lima, Peru; and the help of the enthusiastic former members.

In 1998, APEBEMO built its web page, at the beginning, using the Peruvian Japanese Association server. Three years later that page was renewed and used the new address http://www.apebemo.org/Open a New Window As this page presents Spanish and English versions, not only peruvians, but also people from all Latin-american countries and different parts of the world have continuosly visited it.

From the beginning up to now, APEBEMO has performed different kind of activities which were fostered by the members voluntary work, companionship and wish to share their experiences and knowledge gained in Japan in order to contribute with our country development and to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between Peru and Japan.

OBJECTIVES

  • To maintain and to increase relations of friendship between Peru and Japan.
  • To contribute to the intellectual development of the country, by means of the transference and adjustment of the scientific and technological knowledge acquired by its partners in Japan.
  • To spread and to promote scholarship MONBUKAGAKUSHO in educative institutions of the country and between professionals interested in follow studies and/or making researches in universities of Japan.
  • To promote the development of academic and cultural activities destined to maintain and to increase between its members bonds of friendship, cooperation and participation.
  • To strenghten the relations of APEBEMO with other compatible institutions and organisms, through national and international events.

ACTIVITIES

Our major activities are as follows:

  • Contribute to the diffusion and promotion of MONBUKAGAKUSHO scholarships, together with the Scholarship Section of the Culture Department of the Japanese Embassy in Peru.
  • Advice and guidance to the scholarship applicants and holders about the studies in Japan; basic course of language and Japanese culture; and permanent support to the scholarship holders who at the moment are studying in Japan.
  • Cultural exchange activities related to Japanese culture, such as those for origami (art of folding paper), kamishibai (telling traditional story tails), nihongo hanashikai (Japanese conversation meetings), etc.
  • Edition and publication of "Contact", a magazine that presents different topics about Japan and its culture through the experiencies that our members have had during their stay in Japan. Also, the actualization of the APEBEMO's Directory.
  • Accomplishment of the Shin-Nen-Kai (supper with APEBEMO members and friends).
  • Some protocol visits and meetings, such as the visit of the APEBEMO executive committee to the Ambassador of Japan and to the President of Peruvian Japanese Association.



Most of these activities are carried out with the cooperation of the Embassy of Japan in Peru.

  • The Annual Meeting SHIN NEN KAI
  • Sharing Japanese Culture at the school
  • Seminar for New tecnologies in e-business

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