AFoCO is pleased to welcome our sixth cohort of scholars under the 2020 AFoCO Scholarship Program at our Annual Meeting and Certificate Award Ceremony held on 6 August. Mr. Nguyen Minh Quang from Viet Nam and Ms. Aomjitr Sena from Thailand embarked on their Master’s programs at Yeungnam University and Kongju National University respectively in March this year and were excited to be able to meet and interact the other Landmark scholars as well as the AFoCO staff in person.
The meeting also included a series of presentations and Q&A opportunities for scholars to share their experiences and research progresses. Our younger scholars also had the chance to learn about the research activities of two Ph.D. scholars enrolled in Seoul National University’s Department of Forest Sciences.
We also extended our heartiest congratulations to Mr. Nur Syamsi Muhammad from Indonesia for receiving his Master’s degree in Forest Resources and Ecological Restoration at Yeungnam University! Mr. Syamsi is also the eleventh scholar to graduate from the AFoCO Landmark Scholarship Program. During his time at Yeungnam University, Mr. Syamsi investigated the sustainability of international cooperation projects, focusing on the case of the Korea-Indonesia Forest Recreation and Ecotourism Development Project. Mr. Syamsi is slated to return to Indonesia to continue his career as a government official.
In February this year, we congratulated two scholars — Ms. Ma. Carmina M. Canua from the Philippines and Mr. Tran Hai Long from Viet Nam — for their successful completion of their Master’s programs at Dongguk University and Seoul National University respectively. Both scholars have since returned to their home countries and resumed work in the forestry departments.
Launched in 2014, AFoCO Landmark Scholarships finance government officials from ASEAN Member states to study for a graduate degree in the field of forestry in the Republic of Korea. The Landmark Scholarship Program is a nomination-based scholarship, which accepts high-caliber applicants who have been nominated by Focal Officials of participating countries of the Program.