(KPL) The Japanese Embassy hosted a reception party for students and alumni of the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)and the Young Leaders Programme -YLP.
Hosted at the Crown Plaza Vientiane on Aug 20, the reception was held to mark both the departing of students travelling to Japan to enhance their knowledge, as well as the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the JDS.
The students departing will be supported by two Japanese Government scholarship programs namely the Japan Human Resource Development Scholarships (JDS) and the Young Leaders Program (YLP).
JDS, officially the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship, grants two-year scholarships to Lao government officials engaged in socio-economic development to study at the graduate level in Japan, for a master’s degree.
Since the beginning of the Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) in 1999, more than 394 Lao officials have been granted scholarships through this programme.
This year, 20 JDS students will start their advanced learning and research.
The Young Leaders Programme (YLP) aims to foster junior government officials in becoming future national leaders. Since JFY 2001, around 60 Lao officials have been beneficiaries of this programme, 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 Takashi Hikihara 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 selected leaders for the future of Laos, would accumulate knowledge and experiences in order to contribute to the development of Laos in the future. Furthermore, He added that each one of them would also be expected to be a bridge between the two nations.
Source: Lao News Agency