25 Sep 2019 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 25 SEP (NAMPA) The Japanese Government has awarded four Namibian students scholarships to pursue postgraduate qualifications.
A media statement issued on Tuesday said the four beneficiaries were received at the residence of Japans Ambassador to Namibia, Hideaki Harada, in Windhoek on Friday in the presence of Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Innovation and Training Becky Ndjoze-Ojo.
The Embassy of Japan in Namibia said the scholarships are offered to enhance academic exchanges, amongst other bilateral cooperation, and are one of the drivers for strengthening relations between the two countries.
Lecturers at the University of Namibia, Thomas Alweendo and Frans Shafuda were awarded scholarships at the Tokyo University of Science and Technology to pursue PhDs in their focal areas of study.
They are expected to contribute to human resource development for the blue economy in Namibia upon completion of their studies.
Hangula Hangula, a senior conservation scientist in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, has been rewarded a scholarship under the African Business Education Initiative to do a Masters Degree at Niigata University.
He will also be exposed to the Japanese business environment through an internship at a Japanese company.
Teacher Helena Ithete has been awarded a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology scholarship for teacher training.
She will be doing a comparative study between Namibian and Japanese styles of teaching maths at the Hokkaido University of Science.
Harada encouraged the recipients to study hard and deepen their knowledge and understanding by exposing themselves to Japans culture and people.
He advised them to build networks amongst themselves and other international students during the duration of their studies.
Ndjoze-Ojo encouraged the students to serve as a bridge between Namibia and Japan.
Upon their return, they should use the knowledge they have gained for the further development of Namibia, she said.
Twenty-one postgraduate students have been fully sponsored by the Government of Japan since 2006.