16 Malawians awarded Japanese scholarships

Written by  Daniel Namwini - MANA

The Japanese government on Friday awarded scholarships to 16 Malawians to pursue postgraduate studies in various fields at different universities in Japan.



Speaking during the awarding ceremony at the ambassador’s official residence in Lilongwe, Japanese ambassador to Malawi Kae Yanagisawa said the scholarships will be funded through Japan’s Ministry of Higher Education.


“One category of the scholarship is Teacher Training Program, which is a one and half year postgraduate certificate program aimed at providing primary and secondary level teachers with opportunities to upgrade their skills,” Yanagisawa said.


She added that the program was introduced in 2016 in Malawi and fifteen students have benefited from the program.


There are also three beneficiaries for Africa Business Education (ABE) Initiative which provides an opportunity to African youths to pursue a two-year master’s degree course in business studies with internship opportunities in Japanese companies.


“Recipients are expected to promote development industries in Malawi while strengthening relationship with Japanese businesses. So far, twenty students were enrolled from 2016 to 2017,” Yanagisawa said.


Other students are expected to mining and geothermal at both Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level.


Malawi’s Minister of Education Science and Technology, Bright Msaka expressed gratitude to the Japanese government for its support in human resource development through the scholarships.


He also commended the young scholars for their achievements in securing the awards of scholarships and urged them to work hard in their studies.


“Malawian students have a good track record in Japan. Go, work hard and showcase Malawi’s culture,” Msaka said.


One of the recipients of the scholarships is Upile Chitete who will be studying a Master of Science program in Green Science and Engineering at Kazuna University.


She said she is glad to receive the scholarship, which would boost her knowledge and skills in the field and help bring positive change to the country.


The Japan government has provided capacity building programs to Malawi in several fields, including agriculture, trade, rural development, women empowerment, natural resources, education, health, police, information and diplomacy among others.


Meanwhile, one of the continuing beneficiaries under the ABE initiative Stanford Muliya, currently pursuing a Master of Science in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Abihiro University, has earned this year’s Young Science Award at Science conference in Japan after presenting an excellent research paper.

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