On March 23, 2020, the Embassy of Japan to Vietnam held a ceremony to see off the students and the graduate students preparing to leave for Japan under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program (MEXT 2020). This financial year 2020, there are 25 students receiving MEXT scholarships covering study and research programs of the rank of college, university, master and doctoral degrees.
Attending the ceremony were Ms. Chuman Ai – representative of the Embassy of Japan, representatives of the Japanese Student Support Organization (JASSO) and 25 students and graduate students preparing to leave for Japan this time. Out of 25 international students granted the scholarship, two international students were nominated from the VAJA and excellently won the MEXT-ASCOJA scholarship. The representative from the Vietnam Association of Japan Alumni, Mr. Phan Trung Nghia, Vice Chairman cum General Secretary attended the ceremony. On behalf of the former MEXT scholarship students, Ms. Than Thi My Binh who is currently a lecturer at the University of Foreign Languages (VNU) and a PhD at Utsunomiya University attended.
To open the ceremony, Ms. Chuman Ai had a speech to welcome 25 students and graduate students who were excellent to win the scholarship this time and hoped they would take advantage of this valuable time to exchange, connect, learn and discover interesting things in Japan. Ms. Chuman Ai also presented the gifts from businesses and on behalf of Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Mr. Umeda Kunio presented the students a book sharing about the keys of success in life as a message from the Ambassador.
Next, the representative of Japanese student support organization JASSO addressed a detailed and helpful article about preparation before coming to Japan, from the immigration procedures to things to note in life in Japan.
Mr. Phan Trung Nghia, the representative of the VAJA spent the time introducing the VAJA as well as the VAJA’s support activities for the international students. Ms. Than Thi My Binh shared friendly, openly and usefully about the life and study in Japan.
In the situation of Covid-19 epidemic being unpredictably developing, VAJA has donated masks and gloves to the participants to raise awareness of preventing epidemic, protect health for learning and research.
The ceremony took place successfully with the friendly and warm atmosphere.