Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Offers Additional Scholarships for NUS Students


The Yazaki Kizuna Foundation has increased their NUS scholarships to include 50 Foundation students, 20 more Bachelors and 5 more PhD degree students, in view of the global pandemic and it’s economic impacts on families in Samoa.

Yazaki Kizuna Foundation, a non-profit general incorporated foundation in Japan established by Yazaki Corporation, usually provides scholarships to the National University of Samoa basically for 10 Bachelor’s degree students and one PhD degree student every year.

This year, as a one-time special measure response to Covid-19, that number will now increase by an additional 20 Bachelors and 5 PhDs, and now include 50 Foundation students.

“This year, we have decided to offer a special measure at the request of the NUS VC and President,” said Ms. Michiyo HAMADA, Yazaki Kizuna Foundation President.

We strongly hope that NUS students will not be hampered by the COVID-19 calamity, but will achieve their academic aspirations and apply their achievements to their post-graduation activities for the sustainable development of the Independent State of Samoa.”

As of this year, the COVID-19 positive cases in our country are on the rise; creating turbulent times of concern for the health, education, social welfare, and economic livelihoods of individuals and their families. In response to this emergency situation, the Yazaki Kizuna Foundation, in consultation with the National University of Samoa, has decided to flexibly address the educational needs of the University. Namely, in addition to the basic scholarships, Yazaki Kizuna Foundation will offer scholarships for (50) Foundation students, (20) Bachelor’s degree students and (5) PhD degree students as a one-time special measure in response to COVID-19.

As a result, scholarships for PhD degree, for example, are offered to 6 students in total this year which makes Yazaki Kizuna Foundation to become the largest donor of NUS PhD Scholarships to date. Not to mention, the NUS has also received tremendous support from other NUS Scholarship donors such as the Samoa Gambling Authority, Rotary Club, MESC, PSC, MOF and others.

The special measure in 2022 is greatly appreciated by the Vice Chancellor of the National
University of Samoa, Professor Aiono Alec Ekeroma who stated, “I am deeply overwhelmed and excited to acknowledge the extensive scholarships from the Yazaki Kizuna Foundation this year.

It is a blessing indeed for the National University of Samoa to embrace these Scholarships,
simultaneously, we are absolutely grateful to uphold the strong partnership that we have
established with the Yazaki Kizuna Foundation in Samoa from the past to present! Most
importantly, the (6) PhD scholarships will assist in building research capacity leading to the
wealth of research and evidence-informed policies and practices”.

Professor Aiono Alec Ekeroma also stated, “In fact, at the end of the day, the students are the fundamental beneficiaries as a result of the sponsorships being granted; given the quality of the work and service that will be provisioned and received within the confines of the University classrooms.

More so, the support for continuous learning and research findings will be up to date and
current to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in managing future University projects and
academic insights for the government as well as the community.”

The National University of Samoa encourages its academic staff to utilize these scholarships to up-skill and pursue their academic doctoral journey; thanks to the generosity of the Yazaki Kizuna Foundation. In light of that, NUS offers PhD studies in most its eight Faculties and the opportunity is open to applicants from outside the University to those with a Masters’ degree.

Closing date is the 17 th of June 2022. Application forms and details are available from our
Student Services.