On Thursday, the Charge d’affaires at the Japanese Embassy in Malawi, Mr Hiroshi Matsumoto,  announced that with effect from next year, the government of Japan will be offering research scholarships to two Malawian scholars.

Currently, they offer only one research scholarship and I happen to be the 2008 recipientChomora Mikeka of Yokohama National University and Felix Kamala of Kyushu University received this scholarship in 2006 and 2007 respectively. The addition of one more research scholarship is a very good development.

According to the Daily Times, Mr Matsumoto also announced that Japan will also be offering scholarships to undergraduate and technology students. The Daily Times article does not disclose the number of scholarships offered to be Malawian students in the latter category.

Those of you who frequent this blog might recall that some few months ago, I blogged about the the opening of the Japanese Embassy in Malawi. In that post, I pointed out that I was expecting the Japanese government to increase the number of scholarships offered to Malawian students with the opening of the Embassy in Malawi. Now that this has come to pass, I am very excited. Besides that, the increased number of scholarships to Malawian students implies that there will be an increase in the number of Malawians here in Japan and it will be fun to be in touch with more people from home. In my Japanese language class of less than 20 students, there are 4 guys from Indonesia. These guys have huge fun amongst themselves.

Malawian students who are interested in applying for the Japanese government scholarships must contact their Embassy in Lilongwe. You must also take a look at the Study in Japan site. This site provides comprehensive information regarding studying in Japan. Wishing you all the best 🙂