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 since the program was introduced in 2016 in Malawi, 15 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, 20 students were enrolled from 2016 to 2017,” Yanagisawa said.
Other students are expected to study 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 and enjoy themselves during 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 said she is glad to receive the scholarship which will boost her knowledge and skills in the field and help bring positive change to the country.
The Japanese government has provided capacity building programs to Malawians 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 a Science Conference in Japan after presenting an excellent research paper.