Japan beckons

12 March 2012

Three UC students are off to Japan after being awarded prestigious scholarships to study at Japanese universities.

Three UC students are off to Japan after being awarded prestigious scholarships to study at Japanese universities.

Doctoral students Blake Bennett and David Wong, and undergraduate student Hayden Needs, have received scholarships from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan as part of the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Programme. The scholarships are offered annually to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as either research or undergraduate students. 

Blake is heading to Osaka University of Education where he will study applications and effectiveness of coaching methods utilised by both New Zealand and Japanese Under-15 and Under-18 rugby instructors.

David is going to Nagoya University where he will study in the area of computer vision for robotic navigation in the realm of computer science and mechatronics engineering.

Both Blake and David will take up their 18-month scholarships from October this year.

Hayden, who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree, will begin a five-year scholarship at Osaka University. Hayden plans to complete a law degree.

Both research and undergraduate scholarships to Japan are available in the fields of social sciences and humanities, and natural sciences, to New Zealanders. The scholarships include return air tickets to Japan and monthly allowances. Applications for 2013 close around mid-May 2012 with examinations and interviews scheduled for June.

Full details and application forms are available from the Consular Office of Japan, phone (03) 3665-680 or email cultural.info.sec@jpncon.org.nz.


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