NEW YORK, Nov 7, 2012/ — With $1.6 million grant for financial assistance, the Tomodachi-Uniqlo Fellowship was established in three schools – Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design and Stanford Graduate School of Business with Japanese students as the targeted beneficiaries of these academic scholarship.

With the Tomodachi-Uniqlo Fellowship, at least one Japanese student a year will receive funding for FIT’s Master of Professional Studies program in Global Fashion Management. Japanese students will also be funded to attend graduate programs at Parsons The New School for Design and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Funded by the Uniqlo Co., Ltd, the program is designed for students who plan to become business and fashion leaders. The first fellowship recipients will begin their studies in fall 2013. The Tomodachi-Uniqlo Fellowship includes an opportunity to participate in a summer internship at Uniqlo Co., Ltd. during the summer after the first academic year in the program.

FIT’s Global Fashion Management Program prepares apparel industry managers for executive positions in the international fashion industry. The program’s focus on the fashion industry is unique among graduate business degrees in the United States.

Offered by FIT in collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, the program draws upon an international student body and faculty.

Highlights of the 18-month program are the intensive ten-day seminars held on each campus in consecutive semesters, through which students gain a comprehensive view of the interrelationships among the various segments of international fashion businesses across countries and cultures. The program focuses on leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and the global marketplace.

Applicants to the Global Fashion Management program must have a minimum of three years of professional experience in the apparel or related industries, with a specialization in retail, fashion design, marketing, merchandising, import/export, fashion journalism, product development, operations, planning, or other relevant areas.

TomodachiTomodachi is a public-private partnership, led by the United States government and the U.S.-Japan Council and supported by the Japanese government, that supports Japan’s recovery from the East Japan earthquake and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties and deepen the friendship between the United States and Japan over the long term.

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