Scholarship winners head to Japan
Two Hong Kong students have won scholarships to attend a five-week study programme in Japan.
Frosti Lau Yi-sau, a second year marketing student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Michelle Liu Pui-yee, a third year law student at the University of Hong Kong, were among the 34 students from 11 countries to receive this year's Japan Airlines (JAL) scholarships.
They will represent the SAR at the 'Asia Forum' in Japan beginning next month.
Katsuyuki Arai, JAL's vice- president and regional manager for Hong Kong and Macau, said: 'We hope the two winners will be able to broaden their knowl edge of issues affecting the region and strive to create a strong regional network based on mutual respect for each other's diversity and to work for a peaceful and prosperous Asian region in the millennium.' Those attending the ceremony included former scholarship recipients of the programme, judges and co-ordinators from six universities, all of whom have provided support and assistance to the programme over the past years.
The scholarship includes a 10-day course on 'Understanding Japan' at the JAL Academy in Tokyo, a summer course in Asian studies at regional universities in Kyoto, Kumamoto, Kanagawa or Tokyo, sightseeing at different cities and home-stays with Japanese families.
All expenses, including travel, insurance, tuition, lodgings and the purchase of books, will be sponsored by JAL.
The JAL Scholarship Programme aims to provide students in the Asia-Pacific region with an opportunity to study in Japan and gain insights into the culture. Alumni of the programme now total 1,021.
This year, students entered the scholarship competition by writing an essay in English entitled, 'Toward Asian Coexistence: Asia Within the World, Japan Within Asia'.
Preliminary judging took place at the universities followed by individual interviews conducted by a panel of JAL judges.