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Information for Foreign Students: Friendship Ambassadors

Kyoto Prefecture Friendship Ambassadors

Purpose

Kyoto Prefecture appoints foreign students who wish to serve as a bridge between Kyoto Prefecture and each region all over the world as ’Honorary Friendship Ambassadors for Kyoto Prefecture’.

  1. Deepen their understanding of Kyoto through participation in observations and studies.
  2. Cooperate in the internationalization of Kyoto prefecture through participation and planning of prefectural and municipal internationalization activities.
  3. After their study period is completed, continue to cooperate in public relations for Kyoto Prefecture and provide information about their local regions.

And otherwise contribute to the planning of projects and promotion of the internationalization of Kyoto Prefecture.

Participants

Foreign students in universities and places of higher education in Kyoto Prefecture (based on recommendations by the universities).

Selection Process

Ambassadors are appointed by the governor upon selection by the Kyoto Prefecture Friendship Ambassador Committee.

Number of Assignments?:

Total: 265 ambassadors (137 in Japan, 128 overseas)

  • 1992 fiscal year:14
  • 1993 fiscal year:13
  • 1994 fiscal year:9
  • 1995 fiscal year:5
  • 1996 fiscal year:6
  • 1997 fiscal year:7
  • 1998 fiscal year:7
  • 1999 fiscal year:4
  • 2000 fiscal year:3
  • 2001 fiscal year:3
  • 2002 fiscal year:4
  • 2003 fiscal year:10
  • 2004 fiscal year:10
  • 2005 fiscal year: 20
  • 2006 fiscal year: 20
  • 2007 fiscal year: 20
  • 2008 fiscal year: 20
  • 2009 fiscal year: 15
  • 2010 fiscal year: 15
  • 2011 fiscal year: 15
  • 2012 fiscal year: 15
  • 2013 fiscal year: 15 
  • 2014 fiscal year: 15 

Activities

During the period of study:

  • Attending to studies and visitation
  • Participation in and cooperation with internationalization events
  • International exchange through the projects and planning by the Ambassadors

After finishing their studies in Kyoto:

  • Public relations between Kyoto Prefecture and their home regions
  • Providing information on each region all over the world
  • Cooperation in international exchange between their home regions and Kyoto Prefecture