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Innovator’s Scholarship

In 2020 and 2021, the AIS Forum Secretariat will collaborate with the…

Introduction

In 2020 and 2021, the AIS Forum Secretariat joined forces with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Diponegoro University in Indonesia, serving as the host institution for the Innovator Scholarship program. This initiative encompasses the provision of fully-funded one-semester student exchange scholarships for master’s students hailing from AIS countries. The scholarships, sponsored by the AIS Forum, encompass all expenses, including entrance and tuition fees for a single semester, visa and residence permit fees, travel and transportation costs, monthly living stipends, and comprehensive health insurance coverage.

Aligned with the outcomes of the 2019 and 2020 AIS Ministerial Level Forums, the Innovator Scholarship program serves as a platform uniting students from diverse universities across AIS nations. Through this collaborative endeavor, students are offered the unique opportunity to engage with prominent entrepreneurs, academics, and policymakers from AIS participating countries, enabling them to nurture and refine their innovative ideas. The experiences and insights gained during the program can be adapted and leveraged to address similar challenges within their respective home countries.

Purpose

Aligned with the outcomes of the 2019 and 2020 AIS Ministerial Level Forums, the Innovator Scholarship program serves as a platform uniting students from diverse universities across AIS nations. Through this collaborative endeavor, students are offered the unique opportunity to engage with prominent entrepreneurs, academics, and policymakers from AIS participating countries, enabling them to nurture and refine their innovative ideas. The experiences and insights gained during the program can be adapted and leveraged to address similar challenges within their respective home countries.

Entrepreneurship

The program seeks promising candidates from AIS participating nations with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, technology, or policymaking, currently pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Chosen participants will have the opportunity to undertake a one-semester academic stint, earning credits from the School of Business Management at Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to explore the potential of translating their ideas into practical solutions, receiving support from the startup ecosystem and a network of experts affiliated with the host university. The program concludes with participants presenting their study and project outcomes to AIS Forum representatives.

 

Marine Science

The program seeks gifted individuals from AIS participating nations with a passion for marine science. Those chosen will have the opportunity to pursue one semester of study (from June to December 2021) and earn course credits and a certificate of completion from Universitas Diponegoro in Indonesia, serving as the host university. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to explore the potential of turning their ideas into practical solutions, guided by members of the marine ecosystem and a network of experts affiliated with Universitas Diponegoro. The program concludes with participants presenting their study and project outcomes to AIS Forum representatives.

In response to the insights gathered at the 2019 and 2020 AIS Ministerial Level Forums, the Innovator Scholarship program stands as a collaborative platform, uniting students from diverse AIS universities. This partnership opportunity enables students to interact with prominent entrepreneurs, academics, and policymakers from AIS countries, fostering the development and refinement of their innovative concepts. The program’s emphasis on shared experiences and insights equips these scholars to adapt and apply their newfound knowledge to address similar challenges within their respective nations. In a demonstration of their commitment to fostering collaboration, the AIS Forum Secretariat has granted a total of USD 30,000 in scholarships to four recipients, hailing from the Philippines, Madagascar, and Fiji, to support their research and findings.

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After a sideline discussion at the Ocean Conference 2017 in New York City and a follow-up Conference on the Archipelagic and Island States Forum in Jakarta in 2017, a common understanding among AIS participating countries was born. The Archipelagic and Island States Forum was then formally established through the adoption of the Manado Joint Declaration during the first Ministerial Meeting of the participating countries on 1 November 2018.

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum is a platform designed to include island states and archipelagic countries regardless of their region, size, and development level. A global initiative that brings together 51 archipelagic and island nations to take part in a collective forum addressing challenges of ocean resource usage for sustainable economic growth, climate change resiliency, ocean pollution, emergency management, and the enhancement of sustainable fisheries.

 

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum stands as a visionary platform, purposefully crafted to encompass the participation of 51 diverse archipelagic and island nations from across the globe. Its overarching mission is to facilitate a collective forum aimed at addressing the pressing issue of sustainable development. Within this forum, these nations come together to forge international partnerships and foster cooperation in their shared commitment to sustainable development. By uniting their efforts and expertise, the AIS Forum plays a pivotal role in harnessing the collective power of these island states to tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges they face while striving to build a more sustainable and interconnected world.
Five years after the establishment of the AIS Forum, leaders from AIS countries have agreed to strengthen commitment for collaboration among nations. On 11th October 2023 in Bali, Indonesia, at the First High Level Meeting of the AIS Foru,, 32 AIS countries agreed to adopt the Leaders’ Declaration on the Solidarity of the Archipelagic and Island States. The adoption of this declaration marked a significant step for the AIS Forum to further elevate its position in the global scheme. The Declaration focuses on four collaborative areas, which are:

Our Team offers an insightful glimpse into the exceptional individuals who comprise the driving force behind the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum. These dedicated professionals work cohesively to realize our mission and objectives. The AIS Forum, as a platform, is thoughtfully designed to incorporate the active participation of 51 archipelagic and island states from various corners of the world, uniting them within a collective forum to address the critical concerns of sustainable development.

The AIS Forum’s role is to facilitate close cooperation between archipelagic and island states in its four working areas. The forum has fostered connections and collaborative projects through its partnerships with private enterprises, government authorities, universities, NGOs, media and global or regional organisations. This approach aims to create a network of experts, researchers and policymakers who can provide insight and support to the AIS programme.

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