Meet the 2022 Stipendium Hungaricum Excellence awardees Kazushi Ogasawara

September 11th, 2023

Meet the 2022 Stipendium Hungaricum Excellence awardees Kazushi Ogasawara

The Award of Excellence is given to those Scholarship Holders who have achieved the most outstanding academic performance and contributed to the development of the Stipendium Hungaricum community. Check out our interview with Kazushi Ogasawara from Japan!

The award was presented by Miklós Lengyel, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Check out our interview with Kazushi Ogasawara who studies General Medicine at the University of Pécs and listen to his perspectives on the program and his experiences in Hungary.

Author: Heemanshu Gupta, International Alumni Volunteer

What made you choose Hungary? What are your impressions so far?

I was looking for an opportunity to study medicine in English in Europe, and I have no regret in choosing Hungary for it. One of the best things about studying in Hungary is the people you surround yourself with; most students in Hungary have international backgrounds, and it’s fascinating to learn something new from everyday interactions with your friends.

What do you think about your university and your study program?

The city that hosts the University of Pécs is welcoming and peaceful which is a perfect environment for studying, and yet, being lively enough to enjoy yourselves outside of university. Personally, an attractive aspect of my program is that aside from the normal curriculum, students are given the opportunity to join TDK research (Undergraduate student research) as early as the first year. I joined a research project in Translational medicine, which has been one of the most engrossing parts of my studies.

What are your future plans or goals? How can the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme help you to achieve them?

I would like to keep developing my personal skills and broaden my perspectives to become a doctor with empathy, and of course, a reliable doctor with up-to-date knowledge in my field. Taking part in various workshops and activities within the university and also those events hosted by Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme have been very educating and helpful. Eventually, I would like to contribute to the development of medicine and also to the international relationship of medical communities of Japan and Hungary.

What would you advise those who are planning to apply for the SH scholarship?

I would say to keep working towards your goals and not to be afraid of failure. When I have my final exams coming up, I still get anxious about whether I am good enough, and then I start to waver on postponing it. However, we need to understand that anyone gets nervous for important exams and interviews, and it is us, who decide how to take that anxiety. So why not turn it into a drive to keep thriving? And at last, I wish all of you applying for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme the best of luck.