History

Since its inception in 1987, Sylff program has grown enormously in terms of its international network and the variety and number of talented fellows.

Chronology

Year Events
2017
  • Sylff Association launched
2016
  • 4 universities joins the new financial scheme:
    Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
    University of Belgrade (Serbia)
    University of Chile (Chile)
    University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria)
  • Chinese Sylff Administrators Meeting convened at Peking University (China)
2015
  • 7 universities joins the new financial scheme:
    Coimbra University (Portugal)
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece)
    Institute of Political Education “Pedro Arrupe” (Italy)
    University of Leipzig (Germany)
    University of Deusto (Spain)
    Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)
2014
  • The Sylff Fellowship Program (so called “new financial scheme”) announced
  • Sylff Administrators Meeting convened in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at the Juilliard School (USA)
2013
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria) and Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
  • First Sylff Fellow’s gathering @Tokyo convened at the Tokyo Foundation
2012
  • “Together in Tohoku” workshop and concert featuring student wind musicians and Sylff Chamber Ensemble held in Japan
2011
  • Sylff website redesigned and Sylff Facebook Group Page launched
2010
  • Sylff Administrators Meeting convened at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan)
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at the Juilliard School (USA)
2009
  • Sylff Research Abroad (SRA) and Sylff Leadership Initiatives (SLI) launched
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria)
  • Sylff endowment established at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan)
  • Sylff-2009 CHINA FORUM (Chinese Sylff administrators’ meeting) convened at Yunnan University (China)
  • Sylff connect (fellows’ exclusive Social Networking Service) launched (-2011)
2008
  • Sylff Prizes awarded to Rigobert Minani-Bihuzo in Tokyo
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria)
  • Sylff website launched
2007
  • Sylff Program administrators meeting convened at University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
  • IAC changed its name to the Scholarship Programs Advisory Board (SPAB)
  • Sylff North/South America Regional Forum convened at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (USA)
  • Sylff Africa/Europe Regional Forum convened at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)
  • Sylff Asia/Pacific Regional Forum convened at Jadavpur University (India)
2006
  • Sylff Chamber Music Seminar convened at The Juilliard School (USA)
  • Sylff network database launched
2005
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened at Ateneo de Manila University (The Philippines)
  • Sylff Fellows Council (SFC) established (-2009)
  • Sylff North/South America Regional Forum convened at Portland State University (USA)
  • Sylff Asia/Pacific Regional Forum convened at University of Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Sylff Africa/Europe Regional Forum convened at the University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Joint Initiatives Program (JIP) launched (-2008)
2004
  • Sylff endowment established at Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)
  • Sylff Fellows Mobility Program (FMP) launched (-2008)
  • Sylff Prizes awarded to Amal Jadou, Egla Martinez-Salazar, and Goran Svilanovic in Tokyo
2003
  • Sylff endowment established at:
    University of Jordan (Jordan)
    Jadavpur University (India)
    Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
  • Sylff North/South America Regional Forum convened at the University of Texas at Austin (USA)
  • Sylff Africa/Europe Regional Forum convened at American University in Cairo (Egypt)
  • Sylff Asia/Pacific Regional Forum convened at Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Provisional Sylff Fellows Council (PSFC) established (-2008)
  • Sylff Network Program (SNP) launched (-2008)
2002
  • Sylff endowment established at:
    University of Latvia (Latvia)
    University of Chile (Chile)
    Ateneo de Manila University (The Philippines)
  • Sylff AFEX Program transformed into Program Development Award (PDA) (-2008)
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened in Tokyo, Japan
2001
  • Sylff endowment established at Waseda University (Japan)
  • Sylff database launched
2000
  • Sylff endowment established at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University (Japan)
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened in San Diego, California, USA, in conjunction with 52nd annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
1999
  • Sylff endowment established at Vietnam National University (Vietnam)
  • Foundation name changed from GFRS to the Tokyo Foundation
  • Scholarship Division’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) established
1998
  • Sylff endowment established at the Juilliard School (USA)
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened at Uppsala University (Sweden), in conjunction with 1998 annual conference of EAIE
1997
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened in Vancouver, Canada, in conjunction with 49th annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Global Foundation for Research and Scholarship (GFRS) established
  • Administrative responsibilities of Sylff Program transferred from Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) to GFRS.
  • Sylff administrators meeting convened in Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with 1997 annual conference of European Association for International Education (EAIE)
1996
  • Sylff endowment established at:
    Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)
    University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria)
1995
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
    Charles University (Czech Republic)
    Comenius University of Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • Sylff Advisory Board established
  • New Sylff follow-up programs launched, including Sylff Administrator/Faculty Exchange (AFEX) Program (-2001), Visit Japan Program (-2003), and Forum Program (-2001)
1994
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    Chongqing University (China)
    Inner Mongolia University (China)
    Xinjiang University (China)
    Yunnan University (China)
    Sun Yat-sen University (China)
    Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  • Joint Research/Exchange (JREX) Program and JREX Selection and Evaluation Committee launched (-2003)
1993
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    University of Coimbra (Portugal)
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece)
  • First meeting of Sylff fellows and Sylff administrators, “Young Leaders Forum on the Challenges of the 21st Century” convened in Beijing, China
1992
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    Fudan University (China)
    Jilin University (China)
    Lanzhou University (China)
    Nanjing University (China)
    Peking University (China)
    University of Deusto (Spain)
    Institute of Political Education “Pedro Arrupe” (Italy)
    El Colegio de México (Mexico)
    University of Leipzig (Germany)
    Jagiellonian University (Poland)
    Sofia University “St. Klement Ohridski” (Bulgaria)
    Academy of Management (Mongolia)
    American University in Cairo (Egypt)
1991
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    University of Michigan (USA)
    Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University (USA)
    Oregon University System (USA)
    Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego (USA)
    The Red McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin (USA)
    Howard University (USA)
    Massey University (New Zealand)
    Australian Graduate School of Management, The University of New South Wales (Australia)
    University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
    University of Helsinki (Finland)
1990
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    University of Indonesia (Indonesia)
    University of Malaya (Malaysia)
    Chiang Mai University (Thailand)
  • First issue of “HEIWA: The Newsletter of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund” published (24 issues published until 1997)
1989
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    University of Nairobi (Kenya)
    University of Oslo (Norway)
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)
    York University (Canada)
    Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley (USA)
    Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
    Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (USA)
    Yale University (USA)
    The Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
1988
  • Sylff endowments established at:
    Uppsala University (Sweden)
    Ankara University (Turkey)
    Korea University (Korea)
    Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
    University of São Paulo (Brazil)
    The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)
    INSEAD (France)
    University of Sussex (UK)
    University of Belgrade (then Yugoslavia)
1987
  • First Sylff endowment established at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (USA)

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