New Batch of Japanese Government Scholars Bound for Japan

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No.15 - 2017

All smiles. The 2017 Batch of MEXT: Monbukagakusho Scholars pose for a commemorative photo after a pre-departure orientation held on March 18, 2017.
With them are JICC Director Mr. Ken Nakamura and the officers and members of PHILAJAMES led by President Jose V. Camacho, Jr.

A pre-departure orientation was held for the newest batch of scholars under the Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT: Monbukagakusho) last March 18, 2017 at the JICC Multipurpose Hall, Embassy of Japan. Set to fly to Japan this April, the group of scholars is composed of twenty-two students under the Research Category and one student under the Specialized Training Category.

The event was conducted by the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) in partnership with the Philippine Association of Japanese Government Scholars (PHILAJAMES).

PHILAJAMES President Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr. formally opened the occasion with his welcome remarks, before leading an introduction of the upcoming scholars and the members of PHILAJAMES. Japanese Government alumni Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese and Dr. Nappy L. Navarra took the floor next to give their insights on the scholarship and share their experiences during their stay in Japan. A short lecture on student life in Japan and an open forum followed, and the event was then closed by JICC Director Mr. Ken Nakamura with an inspiring send-off message for the new scholars.

The Japanese Government Scholarship has been continuously giving students from all over the world a chance to study in Japan’s top universities since its establishment in 1954. To date, over 3,000 Filipino students have received a scholarship in one of the following categories: Japanese Studies, Teacher Training, Research, Undergraduate, Specialized Training, and College of Technology.

For more information on the Japanese Government Scholarship, please visit the Culture and Education page of the Embassy of Japan website (( or contact the Japan Information Culture Center at 551-5710 locals 2313 or 4210. Free scholarship consultations are also offered at the JICC Library every Friday starting from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.


PHILAJAMES President Jose V. Camacho, Jr. during his opening remarks
at the Pre-Departure Orientation for MEXT Scholars last March 18, 2017.

Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese shares some stories about his life as a MEXT student in Japan.

Dr. Nappy L. Navarra talks to the new scholars about his experiences while studying in Japan.


The new batch of MEXT Scholars during their Pre-Departure Orientation on March 18, 2017 at the JICC Multipurpose Hall