Japan Government provides 24 scholarships to Lao students

The government of Japan has provided 24 scholarships to Lao students to study in Japan for master’s degrees and PhD’s Master levels in different subjects.

A reception for students and senior fellows of the “Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS)” and the “Young Leaders Program (YLP)” was held at Ambassador Residence of Japan in the Vientiane Capital on the 29th of July.

The reception was held to mark both the departing of students travelling to Japan to enhance their knowledge.

The students departing will be supported by two Japanese Government scholarship

programs, the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) and the Young Leaders Program (YLP).

JDS grants scholarships for two years for master’s degree and three years for doctoral degree to Lao government officials engaged in socio-economic development to study at the graduate level in Japan. Since the beginning of the Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) in 1999, when the program started, more than 460 Lao officials have been granted scholarships through this program.

YLP aims to foster junior government officials in becoming future national leaders.

Since JFY 2001, when the program started, around 70 Lao government officials have been beneficiaries of this program, which offers one-year scholarships to study for a master’s degree

in one of five fields, namely public policy, local public policy, business administration, law and health administration.

At the reception, Ambassador Kobayashi congratulated the departing students and

asked them to make the most of this great opportunity to develop themselves through studying in new surroundings. He expressed his hope that they, as leaders for the future of Lao s, would

accumulate knowledge and experiences in order to contribute to the development of Laos in the future. Furthermore, He added that each of them would also be expected to be a bridge between the two countries.

On behalf of the departing students, Mr. Sombath DOUANGSAVANH, an official from Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare who will study disaster risk management policy at the University of Tsukuba, and Mr Anousack MANIVANH, an official from Ministry of Labour and Social Welfares who will study public policy at the GRIPS (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies), expressed their appreciation to the Government of Japan and reaffirmed their strong will for academic achievement.

The reception was attended by the Lao government officials including H.E. Assoc. Dr. Phout SIMMALAVONG, Minister of Education and Sports, and President of Lao –Japan Friendship Association, and Hon. Mrs Thoummaly VONGPHACHANH, Chair of Culture and Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, and President of Lao-Japan Parliamentary

Friendship Group.

In addition, several Vice Ministers, Director Generals, Deputy Director Generals, as well as many senior fellows and successful graduates from Japanese universities under these schemes attended.

Source: Lao News Agency