International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences


Introduction
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Objectives:
IATSS Forum is a training institute established in 1985 through a personal grant from Soichiro Honda, and Takeo Fujisawa, the founders of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., with the aim of nurturing talented young leaders to shoulder Asia’s future.The roots of “forum” as a term meaning “gathering place” in ancient Rome suggest IATSS Forum’s role as a gathering place for young professionals from ASEAN and Japan. Inviting talented people from ASEAN countries to Japan for a broad range of seminars, field study, Group Study and cultural exchange under the common theme, “Thinking and Learning Together,” the Forum is a place for participants to develop a greater understanding of their ASEAN neighbors and to address current issues facing ASEAN and Japan. 

The program of IATSS Forum is developed by a diverse group of learned individuals from various fields, who make up the IATSS Forum Program Committee. We invite top lecturers from academia and industry. Specific issues addressed in each session vary to meet the needs of the times. But our commitment is to focus not so much on in-depth research in a particular field, but on the liberal arts skills required to become young leaders.

History of the IATSS Forum (Video clip)


History:
The first IATSS Forum Program was held in September 1985 with participants from Malaysia. As of November 2009, a total of 46 IATSS Forum Programs have been held. Programs originally included participants from only a single country, but beginning in 1991 the IATSS Forum Program became an ASEAN Forum, with young people from several nations taking part at the same time. About 800 participants have completed Programs over the last 24 years. Today we invite about twenty young people from ASEAN countries and Japan to Suzuka City for the 55-day Forum Program.
Facilities:
IATSS Forum facilities and accommodation are located in the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, in central Japan. The city is conveniently situated about 50 km south of Nagoya, or about 40 minutes away by train. Facilities include a seminar hall, computer room, cafeteria, library, recreation room, laundry room, kitchen, and prayer room. Participants enjoy private rooms and on weekends can take advantage of such nearby amenities as tennis courts, indoor swimming pool and spa.

Location and IATSS Forum Facilities (Video clip)

Library
Library
Seminar Hall
Seminar Hall
Computer Room
Computer Room
Recreation Room
Recreation Room
Private Room
Private Room
Cafeteria
Cafeteria
Application
application
Please click on following items for detailed information
1. Period
2. Participating Countries
3. Allocation
4. Eligibility
5. Application Procedure
6. Selection
7. Other terms and conditions
8. FAQ regarding the IATSS Forum
Application Set(PDF) pdf_icon (111KB)
Application Sheet(DOC) word_icon (86.5KB)

1. Period
49th IATSS Forum: *April – June, 2012 (57days)
50th IATSS Forum: *September – November, 2012 (57days)
* Schedule subject to change.
* When you apply to the Forum, you can not choose which season’s forum you will participate in.

2. Participating Countries
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

3. Allocation
49th IATSS Forum 

Total number of the participants: 18
Cambodia 2 Indonesia 2 Laos 2 Malaysia 2
Myanmar 2 Philippines 2 Singapore 2 Thailand 2
Vietnam 2
50th IATSS Forum 

Total number of the participants: 18
Cambodia 2 Indonesia 2 Laos 2 Malaysia 2
Myanmar 2 Philippines 2 Singapore 2 Thailand 2
Vietnam 2

4. Eligibility 

Applicants must be from one of the countries above and possess the physical and mental capabilities necessary to participate fully in program activities.
Applicants should be no more than 35 years of age at the time of the closing date of the application.
Applicants should have at least 2 years of full-time professional job experience at the time of the application and be eligible for reinstatement to his/her current position after completing the program.
Applicants should have sufficient English skills and cultural adaptability to live and study abroad.
Applicants must travel to Japan unaccompanied.

5. Application Procedure
1) Applications are accepted once a year.
2) Application period: from February 1, 2011 to April 30, 2011
3) Application documents: All documents are to be sent to the applicant’s Country Committee Secretary. 

IATSS Forum application form (A3 size)
4 photos (4 cm x 3 cm, name on the back)
2 reference forms (A4) (One of them should be your direct supervisor at your present job)
Essay (A4 size)
Certificate of English Proficiency (if possible)

6. Selection 

There are three stages to the screening process.
1. Initial Screening: (May-June, 2011)
Examination of application documents by the IATSS Forum Country Committee.
2. Second Screening: (July-September, 2011)
Examination of application documents by the IATSS Forum Steering Committee in Japan.
3. Final Screening: (April-May, 2011)
Interview with prospective applicants by the IATSS Forum Steering Committee and the IATSS Forum Country Committee, in their country

7. Other terms and conditions 

1. The IATSS Forum Steering Committee retains the right to make the final decision on participation in the program.
2. Only those applicants who have successfully passed screening at each stage will be contacted.
3. The IATSS Forum Steering Committee will specify participants arrival and departure dates.
* For more information please refer our IATSS Forum brochure or our websight:
http://www.iatssforum.jp/english

Original Source of this Information: http://www.iatssforum.jp/english/introduction.html

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