March 12, 2024- Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) recently organized a comprehensive information session (hybrid setup) in collaboration with partners: the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), the Embassy of Japan, and the JSPS Alumni Association of the Philippines. The event, titled “Info Session on Japanese Government Scholarships,” aimed to enlighten students, faculty, and staff about opportunities for higher education in Japan.

The session commenced with inspiring opening remarks from Dr. Ma. Luz F. Cabatan, Vice President for Academic Affairs at ASCOT. ASCOT President Renato G. Reyes, alongside Dr. Maria Rowena Eguia, President of the JSPS Alumni Association of the Philippines, and Dr. Yoshio Otani, Executive Director of the JSPS Bangkok Office, emphasized the significance of international collaborations in nurturing academic growth and fostering global cooperation.

Ms. Mukaigawa Yurie, a researcher and adviser from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, provided attendees with valuable insights into the Japanese Government Scholarship Program, including its offerings and application processes.
Prof. Dr. Machito Mihara, Director of the Center for Global Initiatives at Tokyo University of Agriculture, shared insights into the university’s international programs, highlighting opportunities available for aspiring scholars.

The discussion expanded to cover JSPS programs, with Mr. Shotaro Konishi, International Program Associate from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Bangkok Office, detailing various avenues for research and academic exchange facilitated by JSPS.

Ms. Roselyn Uy, a Japanese Government Scholar Grantee pursuing her Ph.D. at Mie University, and Mr. Von Gerald Macose, an Associate Professor at ASCOT and JENESYS Program Grantee of 2009, shared their personal experiences and insights gained through Japanese Government Scholarships.

Mr. Joseph T. Gonzales, Director of International Affairs and External Linkages at ASCOT, delivered a closing message, likening these scholarships and academic advancements to a ship that needs to sail for it to reach new horizons.

The Japanese Government Scholarship Program offers a multitude of opportunities, including undergraduate and graduate study programs, covering various fields such as technology, local governance, and law. Applicants can apply through embassy or university recommendation channels. For more details, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the Facebook page of the Embassy of Japan.

For those interested in becoming Japanese government scholars, further information can be found on the following websites:

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC):
Japanese Embassy in the Philippines
JSPS Alumni Association of the Philippines:…/e-alumni/philippines/index.html
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