14 March 2011
H.E Mr. Yasuo Takase, Ambassador of Japan in the Kingdom of Tonga congratulated the selected recipients of the Japanese Government Scholarship (under Research category) for 2011 on Thursday afternoon, March 10th at the Embassy of Japan in Nuku'alofa.
Recipients are: Ms. Siaila ‘Ana Valeti Jagroop of Kolomotu'a, Tongatapu and Mr. Hans Tobias Sopu, of Liahona. Both recipients are awarded with a post graduate scholarship and are scheduled to leave for Japan first week of April 2011.
"I really hope you will be very successful in studying in Japan. So far students from Tonga have been successful," said the Ambassador when the two paid a courtesy visit.
Ms. Siaila Jagroop, graduate from the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history and literature, has a strong passion for writing and wishes to accomplish her dream to be a "book writer" after completing her Master's Degree in Japan. Ms. Jagroop currently works as a Media Officer for the Tonga National Youth Congress.
Mr. Hans Sopu is currently an IT teacher at the Liahona High School, with a Bachelor of Science in Information System from the Brigham Young University of Hawaii. Mr. Sopu is enthusiastic to further his knowledge in the field of computer system, network designing and engineering from Japan. He finds Japan and is quoted "to be the best in technology." He told Ambassador Takase his ambition is to see how technology could help Tonga and "serve Tonga on-line."
Every year, the Japanese Government Scholarship is made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology which offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate schools as well as universities, colleges of Technology and vocational training schools. The Japanese Government has continuously accepted Tongan people who wished to pursue their studies in Japan since 1995.
Alike the past recipients from Tonga, the two recipients will experience Japan for the first time.
Issued by the: Embassy of Japan Office, Nuku'alofa, 2011.