Trio awarded Japan study scholarships

21 March 2018, 12:00AM

The government of Japan, through its Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (M.E.X.T.) Scholarship, has once again granted the opportunity to Samoan nationals to further their studies in their respective fields at international universities in Japan.

Three scholars have been awarded this prestigious full funded scholarship as research students to study and live in Japan within 2-3 years study period.

Robert Bartley, 30, from Letogo will pursue his Master’s programme in Public Policy in the area of Infrastructure. He is currently employed by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.) as the Road Safety and Policy Officer. 

He hopes to gain an understanding of Japan’s policy and procedural approaches to effective infrastructural design and asset management during his studies at the Ritsumeikan University in Osaka. 

Mr. Bartley is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Samoa majored in Sociology and English.

Maria Sang-Yum, 23, from Vaiusu will pursue her Master’s programme in International Development and Cooperation through the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University. 

She aims that upon successful completion of her course she would be able to examine the differences between Japan and Samoa and their roles in targeting gender vulnerability and how each countries response in creating prevention strategies. 

Ms. Sang-Yum is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, double majored in the fields of Political Science and International Relations and Pacific Studies.

Julian Wong-Soon, 26, from Fa’atoia will pursue in a Doctoral programme in Applied Chemistry through the Graduate School of Engineering of Osaka University. She hopes that upon completion of her PhD gain more knowledge and understanding in the study of natural products, which enables the establishment of strong evidence of the application of traditional medicine as well as adding value to Samoa’s natural habitat. 

Ms. Wong Soon is a graduate of Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, majored in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Science (Natural Products and Drug Discovery). 

She is currently employed under the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) as a Principal Research Scientist.

The trio is very excited to travel to Japan for the first time to pursue further studies in their respective fields and hope that upon completion of their courses they would remarkably contribute in the development of Samoa.

They thanked the Government and the People of Japan through the Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, for the tremendous opportunity offered to Samoan nationals who wish to further their studies for the betterment of their families and home country of Samoa.

Ambassador Aoki congratulated the awardees and wished them all the best in successful achievements of their studies and their future endeavours.

Robert and Maria are expected to leave the country early April while Julia will depart later in September, this year.


Information about Japan’s M.E.X.T. Scholarship.

Japanese Government (M.E.X.T.) 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: June/July)

Undergraduate Student Scholarship (selection period: June/July)

Research student Scholarship (selection period: June/July)

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 S.N.P.F. Plaza.

21 March 2018, 12:00AM

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