The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) in collaboration with the Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars (PHILAJAMES) held a pre-departure orientation on September 24 for a group of scholars under the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT) Scholarship Program.
The Scholarship Program offers students from different countries the chance to study in Japan’s top universities in one of the following categories: Japanese Studies, Research, Teacher Training, College of Technology, Undergraduate, and Specialized Training. To date, over 3,500 Filipino students have been given MEXT scholarships since it was founded in 1954.
The new batch of scholars is composed of 69 students from the Research, Undergraduate, Teacher Training, and the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) categories for the October term.
PHILAJAMES President Dr. Jose Camacho Jr. opened the event while association member Dr. Cristino M. Collado welcomed the scholars and shared his insights and experiences from his stay in Japan.
Former YLP participant Atty. Nicholas Felix Ty and former MEXT scholar Dr. Norris Falguerra were then given the floor to provide tips and advice on being a Japanese Government scholar.
After an open forum, JICC Researcher and Adviser Mr. Simon Kubota gave his closing remarks where he encouraged the new scholars to work hard and enjoy the student life that awaits them.
The application period for the Japanese Studies and Teacher Training categories will open in early 2017.
For more details on the Japanese Government Scholarship, please visit the Culture and Education page of the Embassy of Japan website (http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/culture/index.htm), or contact the Japan Information and Culture Center at 551-5710 locals 2313 or 4210. Free scholarship consultations are also offered at the JICC Library every Friday starting from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.