JUGAS is an Alumni of non-Japanese citizens residing in the Republic of Singapore who have completed their tertiary education in Japan.
JUGAS was formed on 19th December 1970, and has ever since been a uniting force among fellow graduates from Japanese Universities. Currently, we have 460 members who graduated from Universities from all parts of Japan, and Associate Members who have completed non-degree courses from colleges in Japan, or are students currently studying for Degree Courses in the universities in Japan.
Our members’ profiles are diverse, ranging from CEOs, Managing Directors of Multinational and Singapore Companies to top civil servants in the Government offices, young and promising graduates who just started out in their careers. There are also active retirees who participate in JUGAS events regularly.
JUGAS maintains strong ties with The Embassy of Japan in Singapore, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) Singapore, Japanese Cultural Society Singapore (JCS), Japanese Association Singapore (JAS), The Japanese Schools and the Japanese community in Singapore. We often organise activities to promote and enhance the public understanding of Japanese culture and language. We also have social and networking activities with other alumni organisations such as NUSS, NTUA, BAS (British) and AAS (Australia) through the Alumni International Singapore (AIS).
Internationally, JUGAS maintains a close relationship with the other Japanese Graduates’ Associations in the ASEAN countries through ASCOJA (ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni) and its counterpart ASJA (Asia Japan Alumni) International in Japan.
JUGAS helps organise re-union trips and students exchange programs to Japan, and help administer a few scholarship programs including ASCOJA-MEXT Scholarship for Post Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. JUGAS administers a ”JUAGAS Education and Cultural Exchange Fund” to collaborate with Nagoya University and The University of Tokyo in their G30 4-year Undergraduate Programs which provide scholarship to high school and polytechnic graduates to pursue further study in Japan. JUGAS continues to explore collaboration with other Universities to increase choices of tertiary education institutes for Singapore students.
In September 2005, JUGAS was awarded Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations (日本国外務大臣表彰) for our effort in supporting students to study in Japan, and networking of returned graduates leading to enhancement of mutual understanding between Japan and Singapore.
JUGAS strives to:
promote good relations between the Republic of Singapore and Japan
provide facilities for social and cultural activities among members, and to provide opportunities for members to meet their counterparts in other organisations or institutions
promote and safeguard the common interests of members
promote scientific, technology, education and cultural exchanges between the Republic of Singapore and Japan
publish papers, journals and other literary works in furtherance of the objectives of the Association
JUGAS organises and co-organises various annual and one-time events for its members and the general public. These cultural, academic, social and educational events do not only facilitate interaction among JUGAS members and promote goodwill between Singapore and Japan, but also promote the understanding of Japanese culture and language to the general public.