Kokudo Foundation Scholarships for International Students at Chiba University in Japan, 2017

The Chiba University is accepting applications for Kokudo Foundation Scholarships. Scholarships are open for potential students from countries outside of Japan who matriculated as regular students (either undergraduate or graduate) as of April 2017, regardless of academic department or field of study.

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Japanese Language and Culture Week 17 to 19 February 2017 at Times Square

The Japanese Language and Culture Week was launched on 17 February 2017 at Times Square. Officiating at the launching ceremony was Pehin Dato Lailaraja Major General (Red) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awn Halbi bin Hj Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

BAJA participated in JLCW 2017 through showcasing education opportunities and study experiences in Japan in the booth shared with Continuing Education and Training (CET), Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) which offers Japanese language programs.

BAJA members as well as students that participated in the National Insitute of Youth Education (NIYE) program also went on stage to share their experiences in studying in Japan:

  1. Dr Ong Wee Hong
  2. Dr Liling Chaw
  3. Muhammad Naif Dato Yussof
  4. NIYE 2016 participants – ISB Year 10 students (Andrea, Felicia, Hamiz, Nicholas, Dylan)

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22nd ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) Conference


The Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) sent a seven (7) member delegation to the 22nd ASEAN Councilof Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) Conference hosted by the Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM) between 30th September – 2nd October 2016. The Conference was held at e-City Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Brunei delegation was led by the current Secretary of BAJA, Ms. Najmina Latif.

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His Majesty pays last respects to former chief minister

[Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran (Dr) Haji Mohd Yusuf bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahim] survived the 1945 atomic bombings in Japan; and in 2013, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate from Hiroshima University for his role in promoting peace and goodwill between Japan and Brunei Darussalam.

Source article at Borneo Bulletin

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Japanese Language and Culture Week in Times Square

Japanese Language and Culture Week 2016 was held on the 18th, 19th and 20th March 2016 at Times Square Mall. The opening ceremony was launched by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Brunei.

The Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) was one of the co-organizer and had shared a booth with IBTE/CET. Among other booth present were the Embassy of Japan, JENESYS-MYCS program, UBD-BJFA Chapters, SSYEAP, Misato and Shinobu restaurants and more.

BAJA conducted two Japanese Government scholarship sharing sessions on the 19th and 20th March during the event. BAJA members Ms. Adeline Pang, Mr. Joshua Lim and Ms. Rabiatul Abu Bakar shared their experience studying in Japan. Meanwhile, participants of the National Institution for Youth Education (NIYE) Junior Program and Toshiba Youth Camp Asia Program 2015, both programs coordinated locally by BAJA, also shared their experience joining the exchange program in Japan.

BAJA booth displayed information regarding Japanese Government scholarship programs, the activities done by BAJA for the past 12 months and experience shared by current scholarship students. BAJA members also help to provide advice to those who were are interested to apply for the scholarship.

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BAJA pre-departure orientation for new Monbukagakusho scholarship recipient

On 11 March 2016, the Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) held a sharing session for three new Japanese scholarship recipients at the Embassy of Japan. Ms. Nur Azimatul Quddsyiah Haji Maidin, who received the MEXT scholarship will pursue her Master’s studies in Hokkaido University, whereas two ASJA scholarship recipients, Ms. Lim Kim Suan and Mr. Han Yean will further their studies in Waseda University as PhD and Masters students respectively.

Also present during the orientation was Mr. Marvin Ang, who is currently studying at Hitotsubashi University. Among matters discussed were the preparation of life as a student in Japan, including knowing important contacts and accommodation, as well as cultural, educational and language aspects and networking with BAJA members currently in Japan. BAJA members who were present also shared their experience while studying in Japan.

BAJA would like to wish the three scholarship recipients the best of luck for their studies in Japan.

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BAJA 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

On 4 December 2015 the Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) had held its 2015 Annual General Meeting at Badi’ah Hotel. The Guest of Honour was Her Excellency Madam Noriko Iki, the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam.

BAJA AGM Dec 2015 Press Release

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