Wanted: Tomorrow’s Filipino scientists

Published January 8, 2022, 1:00 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Pinoy students encouraged to apply in the 2023 postgraduate scholarship in Japan

As it looks to help the country produce more scientists, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation is opening its application for its 2023 postgraduate scholarship in Japan to deserving Filipino students who need financial assistance as they pursue higher education in the field of science.

The grant is part of the Ajinomoto Scholarship for ASEAN+ONE International Students program, which enables students from six countries—Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Russia—to pursue a master’s course in one of Japan’s top universities.

“The Ajinomoto Scholarship Society was established in 1957 because of our founders’ firm belief that society cannot prosper without the development of science. The purpose is to lend academic resources to university students and graduate students who major in the field of science and technology, to foster scientists who can contribute to society in the future, and to contribute to the development of academic research without the burden of financial obligations,” says Hironori Aoki, APC’s group director for marketing, sales, and public relations.

Filipino students who will qualify for the scholarship program will have an opportunity of a lifetime as the scholarship will cover their examination, admission, and tuition fees in full. Additional benefits of the grant include airfare and a monthly allowance.

A CHANCE TO A HIGHER EDUCATION Ajinomoto Scholars Online Assembly

As proof of the Ajinomoto Postgraduate Scholarship Grant’s success in helping students pursue excellence in the field of science, Ajinomoto recently held its first-ever scholars’ assembly where the beneficiaries gathered together virtually and shared stories of how the scholarship helped them turn their dreams to reality. While the present scholars are busy with their research papers and experiments, the program’s alumni were likewise very active in advancing science and technology in various communities in the US, Japan, China and the Philippines. This includes Aizelle Yen Argete, who is currently a university researcher at the University of the Philippine Los Baños’ Institute of Plant Breeding, and John Andrew Kane Jovellana, who is currently studying at the University of Tokyo.

“Earning a prestigious scholarship like the Ajinomoto scholarship helped me fulfill my personal goals and I’m very thankful for the high quality education that I received from my study in Japan that improved my knowledge and further honed my skills, especially in research that would definitely help my current workplace now and, with hope, our country in the future,” says Argete, the grant recipient in 2016.

“I learned so much from living independently in the community, especially at the Department of Nuclear Engineering, where I am the only Filipino so I’m really immersed in the international setting,” adds Jovellana, the 2020 grant recipient.

‘The purpose is to lend academic resources to university students and graduate students who major in the field of science and technology, to foster scientists who can contribute to society in the future.’

True to its Eat Well, Live Well promise, the scholarship grant reflects Ajinomoto’s commitment to contributing to Filipino’s greater wellness through programs that empower scientists in constant pursuit of innovations for good health.

“We believe that with your talent, passion, and brilliant mind, you each have ideas to contribute to the improvement of health and wellness of Philippine society,” says APC group president Tsutomu Nara in his inspirational speech for the past and current scholars. Applicants of the 2023 Ajinomoto postgraduate scholarship grant must be a Filipino citizen under the age of 35 on April 1, 2022 and must have completed or expect to complete their bachelor’s degree with an excellent academic record. A recommendation from his or her university president and academic advisor is also required as well as undergoing adequate Japanese language proficiency training. Deadline for application is set on March 1, 2022. www.ajinomoto.com.ph