At the Embassy of Japan on April 20, 2022, Ambassador Akira Karasawa congratulated Ms. Meangeldil Ayla Azuma Malsol who got accepted to pursue her Master’s course study in Japan under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship. Ms. Azuma Malsol will be studying Chemistry, Biology and Marine Science at the University of the Ryukyus’ Graduate school of Engineering and Science in Okinawa.

Ms. Azuma Malsol’s departure to Japan was delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in Japan’s entry restrictions. While waiting for her departure, Ms. Azuma Malsol worked at Palau Conservation Society as a Program Officer in the Conservation and Protected Areas Program. When asked about how she feels now that she’s finally able to go to Japan, Ms. Azuma Malsol commented: “I am very nervous, yet super excited to finally be making my way to Okinawa to study what I love, but also very sad to be leaving my family again. But I am blessed that they are excited for me and believe in me, and I want to do this for them.”

The Japanese Government’s scholarship program became available to Palauan students in 1982. Since then a total of 58 Palauans have completed their studies in Japan under the various programs offered by the scholarship. There are currently two Palauans who just began their studies in the field of Business at Kyoto Computer Academy under the Specialized Training College program.

Through the scholarship programs, Japan hopes to provide opportunities for Palauan students to receive higher education so that they can contribute to the development of their country in the future.

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