About the Sylff programme

History of the Sylff programme

The Nippon Foundation was established in 1962. In 1987 the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) was established with the goal of developing human resources, specifically by furthering the education of tomorrow's international leaders. Sylff is currently centrally administered by the Tokyo Foundation.

The Foundation has made an endowment of US $1 million to each of more than 60 selected universities and consortia in 44 countries including the United States, Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, China, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.

Massey University received the endowment to fund The Sasakawa Young Leaders Scholarships in 1991. The Scholarship Programme promotes excellence within the academic community and focuses on issues of immediate importance to New Zealand.

Management of the Sylff programme

In New Zealand, the programme is managed by a steering committee which comprises academic staff from Massey University and other NZ Universities, and is chaired by the Assistant Vice Chancellor Research, Academic and Enterprise, Massey University.

Current steering committee members are:

Paul Dunmore

Paul Dunmore, Acting Chair
Honorary Fellow, Massey University

Giselle Byrnes

Professor Giselle Byrnes
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic & Enterprise, Massey University

 

New Naomi Collins

Ms Naomi Collins
Co-ordinator, Sasakawa Programmes, Massey University

Caroline Daley

Associate Professor Caroline Daley
Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Auckland

Tony Parker

Prof Tony Parker
Professor of Industrial Design; Director of Research, College of Creative Arts, Massey University; Associate Pro Vice Chancellor, College of Creative Arts, Massey University

Rehan Shahid
Financial Reporting Accountant

 

Rachel Spronken Smith

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Dean of the Graduate Research School, University of Otago

 

Cynthia White (small)

Professor Cynthia J. White
Professor of Applied Linguistics; Research Director College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Peter Whiteford

Professor Peter Whiteford
Professor of English; Dean, Faculty of Graduate Research, Victoria University

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