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Kathleen Ball (Programmes Officer), Simon Cosgrove, Brian O'Rourke, Victoria Holliday, Professor Marie Conte-Helm (Director General), Carl Randall, Jeremy Barraud (Director of Programmes) and Alex Veal at the Daiwa Scholars 2003 farewell reception

Daiwa Scholars 2003 are flew to Tokyo to commence their scholarship in September 2003. Before their departure, the Foundation hosted a farewell reception for them at Daiwa Foundation Japan House on 11 September. 

Between them, the new Daiwa Scholars have studied at seven universities and higher education colleges from across the UK. Their study and career interests encompass music, art, geomorphology, architecture and physics - demonstrating how individuals of different backgrounds can benefit equally from the programme.  

Image: Simon Cosgrove Simon Cosgrove
Simon has just completed a BA in Music at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge and is a talented saxophonist who twice reached the finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year. Through his college’s links with Japan, Simon has developed a strong interest in Japanese music. Simon intends to use his Daiwa Scholarship to specialise in music performance and Japanese ethnomusicology.
Image: Victoria Holliday Dr Victoria Holliday
Victoria has just finished her PhD in Fluvial Geomorphology at the University of Durham’s Earth Surface Systems Research Group. Since a research visit to Japan in 2001, Victoria has been keen to strengthen UK-Japan collaboration in her field. Victoria plans to use her Daiwa Scholarship to study Japanese river networks and reservoirs, and then transfer her skills to the commercial sector. 
Image: Brian O'Rourke Dr Brian O'Rourke
Brian has just completed his PhD in Atomic Physics (Highly-charged Ions) at Queen’s University Belfast. Brian has travelled regularly to Japan as part of his PhD research and he hopes that, through the Daiwa Scholarship, he can further collaboration between British and Japanese researchers in experimental atomic physics.
Image: Carl Randall Carl Randall
Carl Randall has just completed an MA in Drawing at The Prince’s Foundation. Carl has won several prestigious prizes in national art competitions – including the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition – and plans to be a self-employed artist. Through the Daiwa Scholarship, he wishes to develop his interest in urban landscapes and study Japanese artistic techniques. 
Carl's website
Image: Alex Veal Alex Veal
Alex Veal is an MPhil student in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. He has already achieved top grades in his Part I and Part II RIBA exams. He has studied Japanese architecture and visited Japan as part of research for his dissertation. Alex intends to use his Daiwa Scholarship to gain valuable experience before he qualifies as an architect.
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Daiwa Scholars Alumni Association  

Tokyo School of the Japanese Language (Naganuma School)

Japan Foundation
Japan Foundation Japanese Language Proficiency Test
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