Xavier International Students Scholarship
Donation Request -Xavier High School International Students Scholarship-
In cooperation with Sophia University, the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) established the “Xavier High School International Students Scholarship” in April 2014. On April 3rd, APIC, Sophia University and Xavier High School signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in which Sophia University will constantly accept one international student from Xavier High School each year, designating the high school as its overseas affiliated school.
Thereby, a study abroad program has been launched in order to assist the development of human resources in Micronesia (Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands) and to promote international exchange between Japan and Micronesia.
Based on this program, our first international student from Xavier High School has started studying at Sophia University from the fall semester of 2014.
In order to accept international students in a long-term basis, related expenses including travel cost, enrollment fee, tuition fee and living expenses are expected to be high. We would appreciate your cooperation.
Greetings from the President of APIC
The Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC), in cooperation with Sophia University, established the Xavier High School International Students Scholarship program, which supports students of Xavier High School in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.
Xavier High School accepts students not only from Federated States of Micronesia but from other countries such as Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands. These countries have a strong historical relationship with Japan, as they were former Japanese mandated territories of the League of Nations (also called “South Sea Islands”).
The high school is the most academically distinguished in the region and is also a traditionally pro-Japanese school. Accepting students from Xavier High School is extremely significant in pursuing a better relationship between Japan and the Pacific Ocean countries.
In September 2014, our first international student, Ms. Mary Helen Mori, entered the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Sophia University and is devoting efforts to her studies.
Please take a look at the information regarding donation. We appreciate your support towards the Xavier High School International Students Scholarship.
President Yoshiyasu Sato (Ambassador to China 1995-1998)
About Xavier High School
Xavier High School was established in the island of Weno in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia by the Society of Jesus in 1952. Xavier High School is a four-year co-educational high school which has approximately 150 students.
Xavier High School is the most famous high school in the northwest region of the Pacific Ocean where students come from Republic of Palau, the Marshall Islands and other foreign countries, as well as Federated States of Micronesia. This school has a high academic level, and in recent years, students have been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarships, one of the most competitive scholarships in the United States.
Many leaders in the field of politics and economy of Micronesia, Palau, and Marshall Islands graduated from the high school. Emanuel "Manny" Mori, the President of the Federated States of Micronesia is also an alumnus of Xavier High School.
Strong Bonds with Japan
Micronesian president of Japanese ancestry
The Chuuk archipelago, where Xavier High School is located, has a strong connection with Japan. Since the Meiji period, many Japanese have settled in the islands, and their descendants are now playing important roles in society. President Mori, who is from Chuuk, is a descendant of Mori Koben, who emigrated from Kochi prefecture during the Meiji period. He was said to be a model of a famous adventure comic “Boken Dankichi (Dankichi, an Adventurous Boy)”.
Former "South Sea Islands"
Japan governed the Micronesian region for 31 years (1914-1945) as a mandated territory of the League of Nations. Because of this historical background, Japan and the region have had a close relationship. Even after the region declared independence as three countries (Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands), strong bonds have existed between Japan and these three countries in various aspects such as politics, economy and culture.
School building built by a Japanese company
The building of Xavier High School was originally a telecommunication facility of the former Japanese Navy built in 1938 by a Japanese construction company from Yokohama “Mabuchi Construction Corporation”, which was called Mabuchi-gumi at that time. The school building was wholly repaired by the company without compensation in 2008.
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