こんにちは, I am Win Maw Tun 2004 September ASJA scholar from Myanmar. With ASJA scholarship, I graduated with the Degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) Major in Management from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Japan in 2008. Currently I have been working as an Assistant Professor at the Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna (LPU- Laguna) since June 2012. I have been teaching undergraduate courses at the College of Business and Accountancy; Japanese Language at the College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management; and MBA courses at the Graduate School of LPU. Also, I used to be the International Affairs Coordinator at the said university.
I am very blessed to be one of the scholars of the ASJA International. It is a unique scholarship program because ASJA International is not just academic but also provide opportunities to learn cultures of Japan and other countries. The ASJA staff were all very helpful to us especially Yukako-san, Aya-san and Shinobu-san. In addition, the office location was just inside the Japanese Language School, therefore students who just arrived to Japan could go to the office and consult and get advice in the first year of stay in Japan. The organization also organized cultural exchange programs every year, this helped students to adjust with the Japanese culture and helped reduce the culture shock and therefore, could adjust to the Japan life much easier. When I was assigned as international affair coordinator in the university that I am currently working, I was able apply what I have learned from my student life in Japan through the ASJA activities and programs. I was able to propose activities and organized programs for international students in our university so that they could also adjust and enjoy their stay in the university and to the Philippines as well.
For me the most memorable events under ASJA scholar students was the ASEAN Matsuri wherein I was forced to learn the Filipino traditional bamboo dance. I never thought that after about three years, I would marry a Filipino who was also an ASJA Scholar. In addition, all the field trips and cultural exchange programs were all memorable because it provided opportunities for all the scholars to really bond with each other. We were joking that we were ASJA kids and Sato-Sensei was the Otousan. He was really like a father to all of us, we could really feel that he cared for us and he always love to talk with all of us especially during the ASJA events. We really had wonderful time in Japan especially because of ASJA and even now that we were not physically together,we still tried to keep in touch with each other.
I am very grateful and proud to be an ASJA scholar. Arigatou Gozaimasu Sato Sensei and to the whole ASJA Scholarship.