La Trobe student wins prestigious scholarship from Japanese government (Issue 14, 2012)

Glen Clancy

Glen ClancyA La Trobe journalism student has won the prestigious MEXT Scholarship from the Japanese government. Glen Clancy will study his Master of Arts by Research (Journalism) for 18-months at Rikkyo University in Japan, strengthening relations between Japan and Australia.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship program was established in 1954 in Japan to facilitate international cultural exchange and promote mutual friendship as well as assist human resource development in other nations.

The program calls for applications from foreign nationals who wish to enrol at universities in Japan and the chosen recipients are awarded with financial assistance offered by the Japanese government during their intended stay. As part of the MEXT program, each Japanese university is able to nominate a limited number of qualified applicants who are recommended by the university’s overseas partner institutions. La Trobe University and Rikkyo University have been partners for a year. Based on the student exchange agreement signed between La Trobe University and Rikkyo University in June 2011, Glen applied for the program and has now been selected as a scholarship recipient.

During his stay at Rikkyo University, Glen will be hosted in a Master’s program at the Graduate School of Sociology under the guidance of Professor Yasuaki Narita. His research topic is the development of Social Networking Service (SNS) and online media as tools of mass communication. He is particularly interested in the use of social media in times of crisis, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011.

Professor Koichiro Matsuda, Director, International Office, Rikkyo University is very happy to have Glen on board.

‘It is our great pleasure to welcome Mr Glen Clancy to Rikkyo University as a MEXT scholarship recipient in autumn 2012. Our academic collaboration with La Trobe University has started very well with the acceptance of two La Trobe exchange students to Rikkyo in April and now Mr Clancy’s upcoming arrival this autumn. I hope that such active interactions will further strengthen our partnership with La Trobe University, not to mention the relations between Japan and Australia in general,’ says Professor Matsuda.

La Trobe University Associate Director (International Marketing and Recruitment), Abizer Merchant is excited about this great opportunity.

‘Glen’s scholarship demonstrates the generosity of the Japanese government and commitment to maintaining strong international relations and we deeply appreciate this great opportunity for one of our students,’ says Mr Merchant. 

‘We are also grateful to our exchange partner, Rikkyo University for nominating Glen and now hosting him as one of their students.’

Glen is extremely excited to move back to Japan where he has previously lived on three different occasions.

‘The scholarship gives me the opportunity to study in Japan – improving my Japanese skills and pursuing career opportunities in the Japanese media,’ says Glen.

‘My goal is to pursue a career in journalism in Japan. The 18-month exchange component of the MEXT scholarship will give me the opportunity to establish media contacts in Japan while enhancing my Japanese skills.’

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