The World Coal Association (WCA) has announced it is to launch a new traineeship programme in conjunction with the prestigious Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS). The traineeship programme has received support from the Japanese Government.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement signed last week, the WCA trainee programme will be open to full-time students of the GSAIS who will be mentored by the WCA Secretariat.
The ultimate aim of the programme is to offer work experience to GSAIS students and thereby increase the supply of practically oriented PhDs in Japanese society and government.
WCA is the first non-governmental organisation to have signed an MOU with Kyoto University on this programme, the only other body to have a similar agreement is UNESCO.
A limited number of full-time, unpaid traineeships will be offered to eligible GSAIS students based on technical and linguistic merit and will last between three and twelve months. Under WCA guidance, trainees will undertake policy research and will work closely with the WCA policy team. All trainees will be appraised accordingly and the individual results sent back to the University in Japan. Milton Catelin, WCA CEO said, “Students at GSAIS in Kyoto learn how to take the lead in offering global-scale solutions to issues that pose threats to nations and the world at large, such as environmental and energy concerns, food and population crises, and pandemics – issues that concern the very survivability of life. Energy access is one of those major concerns and we hope that during their traineeship with the WCA, students will gain further insight and knowledge on this issue. Not only does this MOU demonstrate the importance of the coal and energy sector, it is an invaluable opportunity to work with the potential policymakers of the future and we are honoured to participate.”
Adapted from Press Release by Samuel Dodson
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