Savai’i scholars off to Japan

25 March 2017, 12:00AM

Two Samoan scholars from Savai’i are heading to Japan.

Leativa Sonya Okesene and Luteru Agaalii Tauvale have received the opportunity to study in Japan under its Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (M.E.X.T) Scholarship programme.

The duo have been awarded this prestigious full scholarship to undertake research course study at International Universities in Japan and are expected to leave the country early next month.

Leativa is a graduate with a Bachelor degree in Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, majors in International Relations and Political Science who grew up in Safotu, Savaii. 

She will be enrolling in Politics of Climate Change course of Department of Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies through Kyoto University. Her study is going to be based on “Impacts of Climate Change and Risk Management”.

Leativa is currently employed at the Samoa Qualifications Authority as a Senior Quality Assurance Officer. After the successful completion of her study, it will be expected to contribute an idea to the solution of climate change development of Samoa.

Luteru is a graduate with a Masters of Science from University of Reading in London, United Kingdom, who majors in Meteorology, Climate and Managements who also grew up in the big island of Savai’i. 

He will be enrolling in a Doctoral course under the Graduate School of Environmental Studies through Nagoya University whereas his study will be based on “Tropical Cyclones and Severe Meteorological Hazards in the South Pacific”.

Luteru is currently employed by the Samoa Meteorology Office as Principal Scientific Officer.

Both scholars said they are very excited about travelling to Japan for the first time to pursue further studies so that they would be able to contribute to the development of Samoa upon the successful completion of their studies.

They thanked the Government and people of Japan.

The Embassy of Japan wishes them the best in the successful achievement in their studies and in their future endeavors.

Japanese Government (MEXT) offers several types of scholarship to people of Independent State of Samoa to study in Japan every year.  Embassy of Japan in Samoa conduct the selection of the candidate.

• Teachers Training Students Scholarship (selection period: February/March)

• Specified Training College Students Scholarship (selection period: May/June)

• Undergraduate Student Scholarship (selection period: May/June) 

• Research student Scholarship (selection period: May/June)

The requirements of applicants and the availabilities of fields of study varies and if you are interested please feel free to call Embassy of Japan on 21187 or visit us at 2nd floor of SNPF Plaza.

25 March 2017, 12:00AM

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