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Serubasaga For Further Studies In Japan

Serubasaga For Further Studies In Japan
Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Alison Burchell with participants from the workshop.
September 27
08:27 2014

Mathematics teacher Luke Serubasaga has been awarded a scholarship by the Japanese government to undertake research studies in mathematics education at Shimane University’s graduate school.

The ambasador of Japan, Takuji Hanatani congratulated Mr Serubasaga for achieving this scholarship award.

“You have been selected over many applicants from all over the world,” Mr Hanatani said.

He said he was sure that Mr Serubasaga’s choice of studying in Japan was based on his experience while participating in a JICA workshop in 2010 in Japan.

“Your choice is a sound one and well founded, because Japan has produced many great mathematics scholars.”

Japan, the ambassador said, had also been very successful in achieving high standards in mathematics education. This, he said, is demonstrated in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) programme for international students’ assessment (PISA) and it assessed the competencies of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science every three years.

According to the ambassador Mr Serubasaga would stay at Shimane University’s graduate school. “He will stay there for one and a half years after initially completing his Japanese language courses, which will take about six months at Tottori University.”

aditions and culture.

He said he was confident that Mr Serubasaga’s studies in Japan would not only enrich him professionally and intellectually, but also contribute to building a cultural bridge between Fiji and Japan.

However, when he returns to Fiji, he will become a Japanese ambassador and teach the Fijians about Japanese culture and tradition.

So far, 141 students from Fiji have studied in Japan under the Japanese government’s scholarship programme. Eleven of them studied teacher training.

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