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         1 April 2002

On Friday, 5 April, the United Nations University (UNU) will host an award symposium and ceremony to mark successful completion by the 2001-2002 group of UNU-Kirin Fellows of their studies at the National Food Research Institute (NFRI) in Tsukuba under the UNU-Kirin fellowship programme. The event will take place from 13:20 to 17:00 hours in the Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall at UN House in Tokyo. The symposium will focus on capacity development in food science and technology in developing countries. The UNU-Kirin fellows, five young food scientists from Bangladesh, China, India, Mongolia and Viet Nam, will present the results of their one-year research training at the NFRI. A keynote presentation by Dr. Toru Hayashi of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences in Tsukuba will take a closer look at experiences with capacity development through fellowship programmes. The symposium will be followed by an award ceremony for the fellows and their advisers. Prof. Hans van Ginkel, Rector of the UNU, and Dr. Koichiro Aramaki, President of the Kirin Brewery Company, will, on this occasion, sign an agreement to extend the cooperation (started in April 1993) in the UNU-Kirin Fellowship Programme for a third 5-year period, from 2003-2007. The goal of the UNU-Kirin Fellowship Programme is to enhance the capacity of food research institutions throughout Asia. The Kirin Brewery Company generously supports the programme by covering the costs of five fellowships annually for outstanding young researchers from developing countries for tenure at the NFRI and by supporting follow-up research activities of the fellows after their return to their home institutions. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the award symposium and ceremonies. Click here for a copy of the programme.

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