VARANASI: Banaras Hindu University has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with a leading Japanese retail group, Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., the world’s third largest apparel giant. The three-year cooperation will provide BHU students learning and internship opportunities in India and Japan, through the Japanese Business Culture Program, Global Management Program and Internship Opportunity at UNIQLO India, one of the largest brands of the company. On behalf of BHU, Registrar, Prof. A. K. Singh signed the MoU, while Noriaki Koyama, Group Senior Executive Officer, Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. signed digitally from Japan.


The company’s tie-up with BHU will result in a series of global opportunities for the students. As part of the Japanese Business Culture Program, selected undergraduate and postgraduate BHU students (aroud 30-100 of them) would be exposed to UNIQLO business model, Japanese culture, language and society. Under the initiative online classes will be taken by UNIQLO and partner universities in Japan like Waseda University, Kyoto University, Tokyo University of Foreign Languages. On completion of the program, students shall be provided Certificates from these universities.


Under the Global Management Program, three BHU students (UG and PG) will have the unique opportunity of business sessions with global market specialists in order to know more about world industry and business. The 5-day session will take place in Japan for which all expenses that include travel, lodging, boarding etc. would be carried by UNIQLO. Selection of students for these sessions has already been made.


BHU students will also have an internship opportunity with UNIQLO India. Five selected students (UG and PG) will be able to pursue a one month internship at New Delhi or any other UNIQLO location in India. This will be a sponsored internship for which students will be paid a stipend and provided certificates.


Prof. N. V. Chalapathi Rao, Coordinator, International Collaborations, BHU, said that MoU is in line with Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain’s call to make available more and more educational and professional opportunities for students. Fast Retailing delegation led by Mr. Mayank Shukla, Head of India Strategic Initiatives, met Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain and discussed the future areas of collaboration. As part of these efforts, more international collaborations are in sight in the days to come, said Prof. Chalapathi Rao.