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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a Japanese government agency. Its mission is to support economic and social growth in developing countries and promote international cooperation in accordance with the Official Development Assistance (ODA) criteria set by the OECD Development Assistance Committee.

A characteristic of JICA's development assistance is bilateral aid, so called bilateral aid, which goes directly to individuals and organizations in the recipient country (recipient country). It is implemented through programs and projects, scholarships, humanitarian aid, assistance to refugees residing on the territory of the recipient country, debt relief, etc.

Beginnings of cooperation

At the beginning of its activities, PJAIT was only a beneficiary of Japanese aid, and then developed enough to become a partner in subsequent humanitarian efforts supported by Japan and aimed at the development of our eastern neighbors.

From 1999 to 2005, an IT training center for Central and Eastern European countries, the Third Country Training Program, operated under the auspices of JICA, in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of National Education. As part of this project, PJAIT conducted a one-year course. Training highly qualified IT specialists for Central and Eastern European countries in accordance with labor market requirements. The participants of the course were mainly university teachers from the following countries: Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

Based on the experience gained from the JICA project and the Third Country Training program, in 2004 the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Poland and Ukraine, together with the governments of Japan, Poland and Ukraine, and the Polish-Japanese Academy of Computer Technology in Warsaw began cooperation aimed at transferring information technology to Ukraine. The Academy has implemented several educational projects in Ukraine.

The "Transfer of Information Technology to Ukraine" project, subsidized by the government of Japan, was implemented from 2004 to 2006, with the main goal of developing and introducing undergraduate studies via the Internet in Ukraine. Four Ukrainian academic institutions participated in the project: Lviv Polytechnic, Kyiv Polytechnic, Odesa Polytechnic and Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics.

Project Data Collection Survey for Ukrainian IT Human Resource Development

Data Collection Survey for Ukrainian IT Human Resource Development is a project initiated by the Japanese government agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in close cooperation with the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw (PJAIT).

Purpose of the Data Collection Survey for Ukrainian IT Human Resource Development Project.

The goal of the series of training courses is for trainees - people from Ukraine with higher education - to acquire new skills in the IT field, which will enable them to find their way in today's job market in Poland. A total of 100 participants enrolled in all courses, who will improve their skills in Excel spreadsheet, the WordPress web development tool, and learn Python programming. The IT training series, which lasts four weeks, is a pilot program during which trainees have specific tasks to complete.

PJ NOW: JICA course with PJAIT

A video in the PJ NOW series summarizes the collaboration between JICA and PJAIT on the Data Collection Survey for Ukrainian IT Human Resource Development project. We encourage you to watch and listen to the statements of the coordinators, presenters and participants of the course.

We hope to see more such developing initiatives in the future.

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