Four more Namibians to study in Japan

24 September 2019 | Education

Four Namibian scholars who received scholarships from the Japanese government to complete their postgraduate studies there, visited the Japanese ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Hideaki Harada before their departure.
Helena Mupopya Iithete is the first-ever Namibian recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship for Teacher Training Students. With nine years’ experience as a teacher, she aspires to do a comparative study between Namibian and Japanese styles of teaching maths at the Hokkaido University of Education.
Frans Shiwovanhu Shafuda and Thomas Shatumbu Alweendo, lecturers at the University of Namibia (UNAM), are to benefit from the MEXT Scholarship for research students. They will pursue a PhD at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT). They are expected to contribute to human resource development for the blue economy in Namibia after their return.
Hangula Simon Hangula, Senior Conservation Scientist of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, is the eighth Namibian participant in the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative) under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The unique ABE Initiative gives him an opportunity to do a master’s at the Niigata University and be exposed to Japanese business through an internship at a Japanese company.
Ambassador Harada encouraged the scholars to study hard in Japan and to deepen their understanding of his country by getting in touch with Japanese culture as well as its people. Furthermore, he advised them to make friends, including those with international students from other countries, and to build a strong network among themselves.
A total of 21 postgraduate students have been fully sponsored by the Japanese government on the MEXT Scholarships and the ABE Initiative since inception in Namibia in 2006.

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