IATSS Forum is a leadership training program, founded in 1985 by the founding president of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Mr. Soichiro Honda with the aim of sharpening the most promising young leaders in ASEAN region. With the motto “Thinking and Learning Together", the program is the forum of young people coming from 9 ASEAN countries and Japan in hope of sharing, learning and understanding each others’s countries through studies and cultural exchange.
Every year, 9 country members of ASEAN select 4 participants from each to participate in a 55-day program in Suzuka, Japan. Applicants must be under 35 and have working experience in certain fields; and the selected applicants are fully funded to attend the program. During 31 years of its operation, IATSS Forum has attracted approximately 1000 participants, including 50 from Vietnam.
Since 2015, Vietnam Intellectual Cooperation Center has been the Secretariat of this program in Vietnam, with the Executive Board including:
- Chairman: Prof. Dr. Vo Dai Luoc - Director of Vietnam Asia Pacific Economy Center;
- Vice Chairman, Secretary General: Mr. Nguyen Canh Binh - Director of Vietnam Intellectual Cooperation Center.
IATSS Forum is a leadership training program which has the mission of “developing Asia’s next-generation leaders”.
Activities in the program includes:
- Group study
- Study tours
- Cultural exchange activities
Cultural exchange activities
Lecturers invited to the program are professors and experts from top universities, research institutes and companies in Japan. The flexibility of topics discussed in the program is also given in accordance to the actual context. The notable distinguishment of IATSS Forum is that it does not focus on indepth research in any specific field but rather gives an enviroment for liberal arts education.
In a classroom
The program also provides hands-on knowledge through study tours to various local companies and enterprises. In addition, trainees have oppoturnities to learn about Japanese and ASEAN cultures when they take part in Culture Day or trips to Japanese famous places.
IATSS Forum Batch 56 participants in a visit to Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan
IATSS Forum succeeds not only during but also after the program with many meaningful activities being carried out by its alumni at their home countries.
IATSS Alumni Vietnam was established in 1997 and has more than 50 members until now. They have been very active in community activities, from holding charities for the poor and child patients, donating many books for education projects to building infrastructure in remote areas.
Alumni's activity at National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Hanoi
For more details about Vietnam IATSS Forum Alumni activities, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/VIFAlumni/
The application is open annually from February to June.
For more details, please visit: http://www.iatssforum.jp/en/
IATSS Forum Secretariat in Vietnam – Ms. Huyen Thanh