/ 9 November 2023

A SENIOR science research specialist at the Philippine Space Agency completed his master’s degree in Japan through a Tokyo-funded scholarship program.

John Paul Almonte studied at Kyushu Institute of Technology under its long-term Knowledge Co-Creation Program.

According to Japan International Cooperation Agency, Almonte finished his master’s in electrical and space systems engineering.

He is the first Filipino to qualify in the JICA space program.

Almonte participated in immersion activities under the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Japanese private sector.

“I had the opportunity to learn from various Japanese experts and understand space technology development using different perspectives. The network I built during the scholarship is a great help in pursuing a career in the space sector,” he said.

The KCCP is a form of technical cooperation composed of training and scholarships that aims to share Japan’s long history of development, as well as vast knowledge and expertise to partner countries such as the Philippines in order to foster human resource development towards socio-economic growth.