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OGFICE Provides Educational Assistance to Indonesia, Malaysia, and East Timor Through Its FY 2016 Programs

March 21. 2017

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
Assistance provided to South East Asia and other regions in the fields of education, academia, science, and technology exceeds 480 million yen over 25 years

OSAKA, Japan -- The Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange (OGFICE) has announced its provision of educational assistance to Indonesia, Malaysia, and East Timor through assistance programs completed in fiscal 2016. Including this fiscal year's assistance amount of 23.66million yen, the foundation has provided a total of 480 million yen in assistance over the 25 years since its establishment in 1992.


Osaka Gas established OGFICE in 1992 in order to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and natural gas producing countries such as those situated in South East Asia.


In this fiscal year, the foundation provided a total of 12.91 million yen in aid to Indonesia in the form of school grants for educational equipment, scholarships for 300 students, research grants, training grants, and other assistance. Of these, research grants were provided to three universities, including the University of Indonesia, for use in research in the fields of energy and the environment.


Training assistance was provided to two graduate students of the University of Indonesia for short-term studies abroad for Japanese language*1, and in addition a total of 47 staff from Terbuka University involved in the preparation of educational material were provided with training on developing media-based teaching materials.


For Malaysia, a total of 6.64 million yen in assistance was provided, which included grants to schools in remote locations of Sarawak for educational materials, research grants to Sarawak University, and scholarships awarded to 12 students.


For East Timor, in addition to a total of 1.71 million yen worth of scholarships for 30 students from the National University of East Timor, two lecturers from the same university were also provided with short-term training in Japan. These programs, which represent ongoing efforts by the foundation, are recognized as activities of an initiative designated the "2012 - Year of Friendship and Peace between Japan and East Timor," which commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between East Timor and Japan*2.


The foundation intends to continue engaging in activities aimed at promoting international exchange through educational assistance in regions such as South East Asia.

  • *1 - A University student Japanese language training program which the foundation co-sponsors with the Japan Foundation.
  • *2 - An initiative implemented in 2012 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the foreign ministries of East Timor and Japan.
1.Field trip to the hu+g MUSEUM on a day off from Japanese language program
(Graduate students from the University of Indonesia and other, Indonesia Aug-2016)

2.Scholarship awards ceremony
(Sarawak University, Malaysia Dec-2016)

3.Scholarship awards ceremony
(National University of East Timor, East Timor Apr-2016)



FY 2016 Assistance Programs: Total of 23.66 million yen

1. Contributions to Indonesia: 12.91 million yen
  1) Educational equipment grants: 2.81 million yen
    a IT equipment, electric furnace for ceramics, fans etc., to elementary schools, junior and senior high schools, and a university in the Bontang area
    b Distance education assistance to Terbuka University through educational equipment grants
    c Library assistance for the Banda Aceh area
  2) Scholarships: 3.70 million yen for 300 students
    a Bontang area (high school and university students)  145 students
    b Mulawarman University (university students) 60 students
    c Banda Aceh area (elementary, junior high, high school students) 65 students
    d Syiah Kuala University (university students) 30 students
  3) Testing and research grants: 4.09 million yen for 9 subjects
    a University of Indonesia 2 subjects
    b Institute of Technology, Bandung 3 subjects
    c Bogor Agricultural University 4 subjects
  4) Training grants: 2.30 million yen for 49 students and staff
    a Short-term studies abroad for Japanese language (2 graduate students from the University of Indonesia)
    b Multimedia material development training program (a total of 47 faculty staff from Terbuka University)
2. Contributions to Malaysia: 6.64 million yen
  1) Educational equipment grants: 470,000 yen
Textbooks and books to 40 schools for distance education in the Sarawak area
  2) Scholarships: 2.87 million yen for 12 students
Sarawak University (university students), 12 students
  3) Testing and research grants: 1.42 million yen for 13 subjects
Sarawak University, 13 subjects
  4) Training grants: 1.87 million yen
Grants for training teaching staff from remote schools in Sarawak
3. Contributions for East Timor: 4.11 million yen
  1) Scholarships: 1.71 million yen for 30 students
National University of East Timor (university students), 30 students
  2) Training grants: 2.40 million yen for 2 staff
Short-term study program in Japan for two lecturers from the National University of East Timor

An overview of the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange (OGFICE), can be found in the following link:

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