Daiwa Scholars 1993 completed their Scholarship in April 1995.
Between them, the seven Daiwa Scholars 1993 studied at six different universities from across the UK. Their studies encompassed Economics, International History and Politics, Modern International Studies, English Literature, Natural Sciences, Architecture, Mathematics and History.
About the scholars
Gavin Anderson was awarded a B.SC (HONS) in Economics by the University of Surrey in 1989. Subsequently he became an assistant consultant at Anderson Consulting. During his year in Japan he worked at Daiwa Securities.
Gavin’s homestay in Japan was in Sapporo City in Hokkaido. His work placement was at Daiwa Securities: Working in equity sales. Gavin is currently director of the British Council in the United Arab Emirates.
Professor Hugo DOBSON
Hugo Dobson was awarded a B.A (HONS) in International History and Politics (1st class) in 1992 followed by an M.A (HONS) in Modern International Studies, both at Leeds University. During his year in Japan he was doing research at the University of Tokyo and Aoyama Gakuin University into relations between Japan and the Soviet Union.
Hugo’s homestay in Japan was in Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture. His work placement was at University of Tokyo and Aoyama Gakuin University. He is now head of the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, where he recently won an Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching from the Faculty of Social Sciences.
You can read more about Hugo in the “Scholars Experiences” section of the website.
Dr Alice FERREBE
Alice Ferrebe was awarded a M.A (HONS) in English Literature (1st class) by Edinburgh University in 1993. During her year in Japan she worked at Kirin Beer, on her return she hoped to work in public relations in the Scottish whiskey industry. She completed her PhD in English Literature at Edinburgh University in 2003, and now is the subject leader for English at Liverpool John Moores University.
Alice’s homestay in Japan was in Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture. Her work placement was at Kirin Beer where she worked in the Marketing Department.
Alice is currently Subject Leader for English at Liverpool John Moores University.
Christopher Gaseltine was awarded a BA (HONS) in Natural Sciences by Clare College, Cambridge in 1992. Followed by a year as an in service teacher trainer, at the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Durban South Africa.
Christopher’s homestay in Japan was in Fukushima city in Fukushima Prefecture. During his year in Japan he worked at the House of Councillors Policy Study Group and at the Yomiuri Shimbun. He now works as a senior manager at the e-commerce company WorldPay.
David Height was awarded a BA (HONS) in Architecture in 1987, followed by a Diploma in Architecture in 1990 both at Jesus College, Cambridge. From 1991 – 1993 he was an assistant architect at the BBC. During his year in Japan he worked at Kajima Corporation.
David’s homestay in Japan was in Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture. His work placement was in Kajima Corporation: architectural design work in the multidisciplinary design studio of the Kajima Corporation in Akasaka. He was involved in the design of a new Junior High School for Kaisei Gakuen in Nishi Nippori, Tokyo.
On returning to London he joined ARUP and was also the first Chair of the Daiwa Scholars’ Alumni Association.
After working at ARUP in London, David joined Mitsui Fudosan UK in 2016, where he is Director of Planning and Engineering.
Bohdan Kurpita was awarded a B.SC (HONS) in Mathematics (1st class) in 1987 at Durham University, an M.A (HONS) in Mathematics with Distinction in 1988 at the University of Warwick, as well as a PhD in Knot Theory in 1992 by the University of Toronto, Canada. During his year in Japan he undertook research at the Graduate School of Education, Waseda University.
Bohdan’s homestay in japan was in Yamagata City in Yamagata Prefecture. His work placement was at the Graduate School of Education, Waseda University. He is now the Head of e-commerce and Internet Strategy at William Ashley in Toronto.
Merryn SOMERSET WEBB
Merryn Somerset Webb was awarded a BA (HONS) in History (1st class) in 1992 by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, followed by a year as a professional assistant at Nagoya University of Business and Commerce. During her year in Japan she worked for NHK, the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation.
Merryn’s homestay in Japan was in Niigata City in Niigata Prefecture. Her work placement was at NHK’s international division, in children’s television and as a producer on one of the news programmes, and working for some of the radio stations. Her ultimate aim was to pursue a career in journalism, and she has now gone on to become the editor-in-chief of Moneyweek.