SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program

SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program

SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program (SSHP) started as a part of the Sakura Science Exchange Program to invite youth from 14 countries and regions in 2014.

SSHP invites excellent high school students and supervisors from foreign countries (mainly Asia) to Japan for a week, and they participate in the exchange programs specially coordinated by JST. The purpose of the program is to make contributions to the development of global science and technology by supporting the excellent talents overseas whom universities/research institutions and businesses in Japan desire by enhancing high school students’ interest in science and technology of Japan when they visit Japan.

SSHP provides various contents.

  • Participation in special classes taught by leading scientists, including Nobel laureates
  • Visiting prominent Japanese universities and research institutes
  • Social activities with Japanese high school students
  • Visiting embassies in Japan
  • Experience of Japanese culture, etc.

Beginning in 2014, and over a period of 6 years, a total of 49 courses implemented, and 5,539 high school students came to Japan to participate in the program. In the questionnaires provided after the programs, 90% or more participants responded that they would like to visit Japan again. These high school students who participated in SSHP are expected to be a bridge between Japan and their home countries and play an active role in the future.

Students participating in an experimental workshop given by Dr. Hideki Shirakawa, Nobel laureate
(Tokyo Institute of Technology, July 11, 2018)
High school students from Uzbekistan learning how to use a micropipette to add and remove a very small quantity of liquid
(Kazusa DNA Research Institute, July 6, 2018)

List of Supported Scientists and Organizations

Here is the list of Scientists and organizations that have supported the past SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program: Thanks to everyone who have been supporting our programs. The SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program has been successful every year with those supporters' cooperation. We are sincerely thankful of such assistance.