THE Japanese government has awarded three Bulawayo students scholarships to pursue education and study for undergraduate and master’s programme in the Asian country.
In a press statement yesterday, the Japanese embassy said Simon Mduduzi, Andile Maqhuzu and Enock Mpofu were the three beneficiaries from Bulawayo and this is the first time Zimbabweans have managed to secure places for undergraduate programmes in Japan.
“The Japanese embassy in Zimbabwe is pleased to announce that three of the four beneficiaries of the Japanese government scholarship for 2015 came from Bulawayo through the scholarship promotions which were held at the Small City Hall and at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) main campus in 2014,” the embassy said.
Mduduzi, a former ‘A’ Level student from Mpopoma High School qualified to study for an undergraduate degree in electronics and engineering, while Maqhuzu, currently a teaching assistant at Nust, will be studying towards a masters in environmental science and technology.
Mpofu, a lecturer at Harare Institute of Technology, who studied at Nust, will study towards a masters in biotechnology. The three will have to study Japanese in the first year.
The embassy further said the scholarships were mainly for human resource development.
“These scholarships were introduced to promote human resource development by training undergraduate and students at masters and PhD level, who will have the opportunity to venture into research programmes,” the embassy said.
The Japanese embassy said it would be in the city to promote its courses in Japan and continue to give Zimbabweans a chance to study with their universities.
“On April 21 2015, the embassy of Japan will again visit Bulawayo City Council and Nust to promote the said scholarship, including a new one called the College of Technology which invites ‘A’ Level graduates in sciences to apply,” the embassy said.
“The scholarships require applicants with high mathematical and science dexterity, as applicants will sit for maths and any two science subjects related to their undergraduate studies as qualifying examinations.”
The scholarships were made possible through the help from the Bulawayo City Council and Nust, who assisted in the interviews made to select qualifying candidates.
In the past, Zimbabweans have been trained in Japan for different disciplines such as chemistry, electronics, medicine and politics, finance and agriculture.