For Prospective Learners● Organisations where you can learn Japanese in Brunei
- Universiti Brunei Darussalam Language Centre
- Institute of Brunei Technical Education - The Continuing Education and Training (IBTE-CET), Ministry of Education
You can also find information on the Japan Foundation website
● Learning Materials
|JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a Japanese language-learning platform provided by the Japan Foundation. Users can take online courses to learn Japanese and interact with worldwide communities of like-minded people.|
|Other Materials||On this website, offered by the Japan Foundation, you can find the best learning materials (online, printed, etc.) for you.|
For Current Learners● Japanese Language Event Information
|Japanese Speech Contest|
|The Japanese Speech Contest, co-organised by the Continuing Education and Training Division (CET) of the Ministry of Education, the Language Centre at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, aims to encourage contestants to give a public demonstration of their proficiency in the Japanese language. The winner of the contest will be invited to a programme in Japan organised by the Japan Overseas Enterprises Association (JOEA).
The 31st Japanese Speech Contest for FY2017 was held on 3 March 2018 (Sat). More information about the 31st Japanese speech contest can be found here.
The 32nd Japanese Speech Contest will be held on 13 March 2019 (Wednesday). More information about the 32nd Japanese Speech Contest can be found here.
|JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)||The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is held on the first Sunday of December every year. In 2017, 46 Bruneians took part. Detailed information on the JLPT can be obtained from the JLPT official website. The JLPT 2018 will be held on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the Language Centre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
JLPT submission period: Monday, 23 July 2018 - Friday, 7 September 2018
● Other activities
|Grants for Japanese language institutes||Grants for Japanese language institutes, such as the Sakura Network, are offered by the Japan Foundation. Other grant programmes can be found here.
|NIHONGO Partners||NIHONGO Partners has been dispatched from the Japan Foundation Asia Centre to support Japanese Language Teachers and Learners at IBTE-CET since 2016.|
Study in Japan (Choosing a University / Scholarship information)
STEP 1: Gathering information on studying in Japan
|The portal site of JASSO (the Japan Student Services Organization) contains information on how to study in Japan. You will find information here about the application process, as well as what to do during and after your time studying in Japan.|
|The portal site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan also contains information on studying in Japan, as well as useful information about the application process.|
|Student Guide to Japan
||This guide book, the ‘Student Guide to Japan’, is an essential read for all international students thinking about studying in Japan. You can find it online, here, or at the Information and Culture Counter of the Embassy of Japan.|
STEP 2: Searching for schools
|Search for Schools||Information related to applications, entry requirements, fields of study, mediums of instruction and on-campus scholarships for Japanese graduate schools, universities and junior colleges is available through the Excel files at this link.|
|Japanese Colleges and Universities Search||A colleges and universities search engine made by JASSO. Find the perfect college or university for you by typing your preferences into the search criteria.|
STEP 3: Searching for scholarships
|MEXT Scholarship||The Japanese Government, through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in Japan. The following six categories of ‘Monbukagakusho Scholarships’ from MEXT are available for eligible Bruneian citizens. Past examination papers can be viewed here.
|Pamphlet: ‘Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2018-2019’
Other Information on Studying in Japan
|JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths)|
|The JENESYS programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a people-to-people exchange programme between Japan and countries of the Asia-Pacific region, which began in 2009.
The aim of JENESYS is to promote mutual trust and understanding among people of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation while understanding ‘real’ Japan – its culture, economics, society, history, politics and diplomatic relations.
Participants are highly encouraged to disseminate what they have learnt in Japan and work to promote the relationship between Japan and their home countries.
The theme of JENESYS changes every year, and the selection of participants is done by MEXT (or another relevant organization) according to that year’s theme.
Information on the past activities of the programme can be found here.
|SSEAYP (Ship for Southeast Asia Youth Programme)|
|SSEAYP (Ship for Southeast Asia Youth Programme) is a youth exchange programme between Japan and various ASEAN countries, organized by the Japanese Government (Cabinet Office), which began in 1974. Brunei joined the programme in 1985.
In SSEAYP, youth representatives from Japan and ASEAN countries travel together aboard an ocean liner and engage in cultural exchange activities to build friendships and promote mutual understanding.
This programme aims to broaden youths’ minds, raise their awareness of international affairs and improve their leadership skills, so they will be better equipped to positively contribute to their societies.
During the programme, the ship departs from Japan and docks in the ports of several ASEAN countries; in 2014 it stopped in Brunei. The ship will stop in Brunei in 2018.
|Other exchange programmes|
|Sport for Tomorrow|
|The Japanese Government is committed to building our future through the power of sport, with a plan to engage more than 10 million people from over 100 countries from now until 2020. With the Sport for Tomorrow programme, Japan aims to promote sport and the Olympic and Paralympic movements, including providing assistance to developing countries, training future sports leaders at a new international sports academy and protect the values of sport by extending anti-doping initiatives globally. As an offshoot of this, a badminton delegation, which included Mr Sho Sasaki, a participant in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, was dispatched to Brunei in 2016.|
|The Japan Foundation Asia Centre and the Kodokan Judo Institute work for the promotion of judo in ASEAN countries under a scheme called ‘Japan-ASEAN “JITA-KYOEI PROJECT”’ from FY2017. The government of Japan has been working closely with the Bruneian Government to establish a Judo Association in Brunei to promote the learning of judo. Under this scheme, demonstration and trial sessions were held for Bruneians in May 2017.
Detailed information about this event can be obtained here.