Being granted a scholarship can be every student’s dream but it is also a major challenge for many as the process of getting scholarship is not easy. The lack of sensible information adds to the dilemma.
To provide valuable information about Japan scholarships, the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh hosted MEXT Scholarship 2020 at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in April. The event highlighted various educational opportunities provided by the Japanese Government for Cambodia students who dream of completing their education in prominent Japanese universities.
As the largest scholarship programme provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, MEXT Scholarship 2020 offers four types of scholarships for research students, undergraduate students, College of Technology students, and Specialised Training College students.
During the session, hundreds of students from different schools was allowed to interact with senior students who graduated from Japan and to ask questions concerning academic challenges and opportunities in the East Asian country.
In order to provide an insightful information about the MEXT Scholarship, the main process of scholarship selection was also shared to the participants, giving enthusiastic students a clearer view on how to qualify for the once in a lifetime educational opportunity.
According to Mr Kohei Hori, Second Secretary of Embassy of Japan, the government of Japan resumed providing scholarships to Cambodian youths in 1992. Currently, more than 1100 young Cambodians have been awarded scholarships and have pursued their education in Japan on different fields.
“The previous Japanese Government scholarship students who have studied in Japan acquired such profound knowledge and became valuable human resources for public and private establishments and are now essential players in various sector contributing to the remarkable development and economic growth in Cambodia,” he addressed.
Long Rottanak, a third year student, majoring in International Relations at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC), joined the event with high hopes on expanding his knowledge Japanese scholarships he can apply for when he graduates.
“Japan Government MEXT 2020 has provided an insightful information about scholarships. As a result, students now have time to prepare themselves and all other documents they need to pass the programme. The event also drove students to strive for academic excellence as grades play a big part in scholarship applications,” he said, adding that he is now more inspired to work harder and prepare for his MEXT Scholarship journey.