The Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh and North South University jointly organised "Study in Japan Seminar 2020" virtually on Tuesday.
The seminar provided information on pursuing higher education in Japan, the Japanese government scholarship (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Mext Scholarship), study and life in Japan as well as its advantages.
More than 1500 people, including students and faculty members of North South University, participated in this seminar live.
Two speakers from North South University who completed their degrees in Japan shared their study experiences and daily life as foreign students in Japan.
At the beginning of the seminar, Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki said, "I hope that we will be able to recruit those promising and capable students to go to Japan and further strengthen our bilateral partnership."
He said it might be difficult to imagine studying abroad amid this pandemic, but he is sure that there will be plenty of opportunities and wider possibilities for young students once we overcome the Covid-19.
"I would really hope that you make the most of the opportunity and make your future career very successful. Please think about studying in Japan after Covid-19."
Director of the Office of External Affairs, North South University Dr. Katherine Li said, "I can speak from my own experience in Japan that if you would like to go to Japan as student, there are many opportunities to study, to learn Japanese, and even to get a job. Japan is actively looking for qualified employees in their workforce and they are generous enough to help to train people in learning the language, culture and skills to make it possible for you to work in Japan".
Over five decades, Japan has been providing government scholarships to more than 4,200 Bangladeshis.
In 2019 alone, more than 120 Bangladeshi students newly received this government-funded scholarship and are now studying in Japan in various academic fields.
The scholarship application opens twice a year in mid-April (Embassy recommendation) and October (University recommendation).