Three Bruneians to depart for Japan on MEXT Scholarship

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THREE Bruneians will depart for Japan in April to further their studies under scholarship programmes offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.

Among the recipients are Han Yean, 28, studying as a research student at the Graduate School of Creative Science at Waseda University, Lim Kim Suan, 28, studying at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University and Nur’ Azimatul Quddsyiah Hj Maidin, 24, studying at the Research Faculty of Agriculture at Hokkaido University.

Prior to their recipients’ departure, they made a courtesy call on Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Noriko Iki yesterday where they discussed their interest, aspirations and what they look forward to experiencing in Japan. The ambassador also encouraged the recipients to learn more about their culture and contribute to enhancing the Brunei-Japan relationship in the future.

Han Yean who studied Robotics as an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool in 2012, said that he was glad to finally obtain the scholarship as he had applied once in the past for an undergraduate programme but was not selected.

Nur’ Azimatul Quddsyiah Hj Maidin, a Universiti Brunei Darussalam graduate who studied nutrition for her degree, said she was looking forward to learning more about the Japanese diet and nutrition that contributed to their health and longevity.

Meanwhile, Lim Kim Suan said that this scholarship provides her the opportunity to build networks with researchers and learn the structure and methods of a Japanese think tank.

She added that she was curious about their facilities and how they set up their companies so that she can bring back that knowledge when she returns to Brunei.

According to the ambassador, the Japanese government is currently promoting the “300,000 international student plan” and hopes to achieve this target by 2020.

The Brunei Times