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:

Associate Professor Tracy Riley

Associate Professor Tracy Riley (Chair)
Dean Research, Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic and 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

  C White

Professor Cynthia White
Professor in Applied Linguistics; Research Director, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University

Peter Whiteford

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

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