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ECU student receives prestigious Japanese studies scholarship

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


  • School of Communications and Arts student, Ms Jennie Feyen

    School of Communications and Arts student, Ms Jennie Feyen

Congratulations to School of Communications and Arts student, Ms Jennie Feyen, who recently received the prestigious WA Government Japanese Studies Scholarship.

The scholarship, valued at nearly $40,000, is awarded each year to promising young students or graduates who have training and or experience in a professional discipline, as well as an understanding of the Japanese language. 

The money will support Jennie as she goes on exchange to Japan, where she will spend a year studying at the Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), and will include return airfares, a maintenance allowance of approximately $3,000 per month and an initial allowance of $3,000 for fees and other expenses.

Jennie is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries, with a double major in Film and Video and Japanese, and will complete her remaining Japanese units while on exchange at TMU.

Japanese Coordinator, from the School of Communication and Arts, Dr Junko Iwasaki congratulates Jennie on her achievements.

“Jennie’s future lies in the world of films but I have no doubt that her interest in Japan will stand her in good stead when she completes her one year exchange.

“I enthusiastically support her chosen career path and wish her well in acting as a bridge between Japan and Australia in the field of films in the future, utilising the Japanese language skills and understanding of the Japanese culture that she develops while in Japan,” said Dr Iwasaki.  

Jennie is one of three students selected from WA to receive the scholarship and hopes to utilise the year abroad to familiarise herself with the Japanese language and culture.  

“I'm honoured to receive such a prestigious scholarship, and after a lengthy application process, it felt amazing to share the news with my family, friends and teacher, Junko Iwasaki, all of whom supported me from the very beginning,” said Ms Feyen.

“I'm very interested in making cultural hybrid films and documentaries after I graduate and know that the skills and knowledge learned while on exchange will add another dimension to my filmmaking process.”

For more information on the scholarship, visit the Department of Education Services website.

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