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Ando Program / Osaka Invitational Program for Short-Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts

Ando Program / Osaka Invitational Program for Short-Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts

This program is funded by Mr. Tadao Ando, a world-class architect from Osaka, who was awarded and the first recipient of Carlsberg Architectural Prize in May, 1992. Mr. Ando, with his deep interest in the internationalization of Osaka, donated all of the prize money (30 million yen) to the Osaka Prefectural government. OFIX received his donation through the Osaka Prefectural government and, in accordance with the wish of Mr. Ando, established the "Invitational Program for Short-Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts" as a Tadao Ando - Carlsberg Architectural Prize-Winning Memorial Program. Also there are companies who support the program's objective of inviting about 10 students from various Asian countries who are majoring in architecture and art. This program is held every autumn for a period of one month.
During this program all trainees experience about 10-days of practical on-the-job training at the representative construction companies of Japan in Osaka. During the job training, trainees are taken to on-site review of buildings which are under construction and are lectured about updated technology in the architecture field.
Furthermore, trainees will exchange opinions about architecture with Japanese students who major in the related field. There will also be one-day study tours in Kyoto and Osaka when some buildings designed by Tadao Ando are visited. Aside from the training, all trainees will experience home-stay with a Japanese family for two-days, so the trainees can deepen exchange with Japanese people. Every year this event is popular among all trainees because they can exchange with a "REAL" Japanese family.
The program started in 1993 and is now going on its 19th year. Since its establishment, it has accepted more than 169 participants from 19 countries. It has been highly rated among young Asian aspiring architects as the only program that can offer what other programs cannot.
◆ Goals and Objectives:

  1. To provide opportunity for students from various Asian countries majoring in architecture or arts to learn about Japanese architecture and art in order to contribute to the development of architecture and arts in their countries, while deepening their understanding and interest in Japanese culture.
  2. To provide a venue for exchange between Japanese students and competent people from Asia and help in widening the vision of Japanese students and develop them to be globally competitive.
  3. Construct a framework which enable the continuous implementation of a collaborative activity between Asian and Japanese youth.
◆ Expected Outputs

  • Strengthen connection between competent Asian people and educational institutions and companies in Osaka.
  • Construct network between competent Asian and Japanese contribute to international cooperation.
  • Deepen international mutual understanding by learning diverse cultures and lifestyles.
  • To give Japanese students and residents in Osaka a wider viewpoint through exchange with competent Asian people to enable them to become active globally.
■Trainee Table ■2011Program
  See table attached    2011 Trainees   Schedule   2010 Program report

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