The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Chairman of the AEON 1% Club Foundation, representatives of member companies of AEON Group in Vietnam, representatives of the university: University of Social Sciences and Humanities – VNU, Foreign Trade University, and Vietnam National University of Agriculture.
At the ceremony, the “AEON 1% Club Foundation Scholarship” were granted to 59 students who are currently in 3rd and 4th year with high academic achievements from 3 universities, with a total scholarship worth more than VND 400 million.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Yoshiki Mori – Chairman of the AEON 1% Club Foundation, stated: “The AEON 1% Club Foundation scholarship aims to support students across Asian countries, encouraging them to become bridges between Japan and their own nations. Since 2011, we have granted scholarships to 1,240 Vietnamese students.”
In his address at the ceremony, Mr. Matsuki Tasuku, Counselor of the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, representing Ambassador Yamada Takio, extended congratulations to 59 scholarship recipients in 2023, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam. He shared: “’I hope each one of you will fulfill your dreams, and in the near future, you will play a role as a bridge between our two nations, contributing to the development of Japan – Vietnam relations.”
Also in the ceremony, 3 students from 3 universities presented their ‘My Dream’ speeches in English. In her presentation, Le Minh Trang – a student at Faculty of Tourism Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, mentioned that her goal is to pursue a master’s degree in tourism in Japan. She expressed hope that her peers could also achieve their aspirations and contribute to the development of a beautiful Vietnam.
At the ceremony, Associate Professor Dr. Dang Thi Thu Huong, Vice Rector of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, representing universities with students receiving scholarships, expressed gratitude to the AEON 1% Club Foundation and the AEON Group for their invaluable support and assistance to Vietnamese students: “This financial support is invaluable which provides motivation for our students to strive for high academic achievements, personal development, and significant contributions that resonate within the community.”
By the end of 2022, AEON 1% Club Foundation had granted scholarships to 8,305 students from 38 universities across 7 countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, China, and Japan. In Vietnam, the AEON 1% Club Foundation has been awarding scholarships to university students in Hanoi since 2012 and in Ho Chi Minh City since 2011.