TOKYO – Elchung Gladys Hideyos from Palau recently graduated with a Masters in Global Environmental Studies from Sophia University. She excelled during her two years of study in Tokyo, achieving top marks from all of the Micronesi area students who attended Historic Jesuit University as a Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge APIC-Sophia University-Micronesia Scholar. Conservation Trust. Hideyos’ thesis examined the role of women in fisheries management, conservation and policy in Palau.
Professor Anne McDonald of the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies at Sophia University congratulated Hideyos on her scholarship and her commitment as a graduate student. âYour work has been brilliant academically, but done with heart and love for your country and your people. I know you will continue to do great things for Palau and Micronesia, achieving goals you might never have thought possible, but are! You have what it takes to make a difference in the world. In fact, you’ve already started, âMcDonald said.
Hideyos began his advanced studies shortly before the novel global coronavirus pandemic led to a series of emergency orders in Tokyo. She finished her studies with a mixture of traditional classroom work and distance learning via a computer from her dormitory. Hideyos received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 2018 from Chaminade University in Honolulu.
Hideyos said she was grateful for the opportunity to study in Japan. âEven with the challenges I have faced over the past two years, I would say that this experience opened my mind and humbled me. I learned a lot and got to connect with people all over the world which is amazing being from such a small Pacific island country. I am very grateful for this opportunity that has been created for us Micronesian graduates, âshe said.
Four graduate students from the Micronesia region study at the University of Tokyo through an APIC-Sophia University-Micronesia Conservation Trust scholarship. Five students, including Hideyos, graduated with a master’s degree. The highly competitive scholarship is funded by the University of Sophia, the Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation, a private foundation based in Tokyo, and the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship Fund of the Micronesia Conservation Trust. This is the fourth year that the all expenses paid scholarships have been offered.
APIC, Sophia University and MCT are teaming up to select current professionals from the Micronesia region to pursue graduate studies. Sophia University is committed to providing full scholarships, APIC covers travel, room and board costs and a monthly stipend, and MCT, through the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship Fund, covers the cost of internships for academics.
The scholarship aims to train professionals who contribute to the development of effective conservation of Micronesia’s biodiversity, adaptation and mitigation of climate change, among other environmental issues contributing to the promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the region. Researchers focus on developing leadership and technical skills and / or specializations that enhance their ability to perform work in the fields of conservation, climate adaptation and sustainable development in Micronesia. So far, all university students have returned to their home countries and have held leadership positions in the workforce.