Japan grants 226 million Yen for HR Development Scholarships

The  Japanese government has selected the second batch of 15 prospective scholars from Sri Lanka under its Second Phase of Japanese Grant Aid worth 226 million Japanese Yen  for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program – 2015 which commenced in September 2014.

 The Exchange of Notes took place last Thursday at the Ministry of Finance in Colombo, between Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma and Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga. The Grant agreements were signed by the Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office, Kiyoshi Amada and Dr. Samaratunga.

A Japanese Embassy spokesperson said that  the JDS Program aims to train and develop the skills of young executive officers in the public sector to become future national leaders of Sri Lanka, especially in formulating and implementing national development plans. "The Second Phase of JDS program accommodates a total of 60 officials in four batches during the period from 2014 to 2017, providing the opportunity to pursue a two year Master’s course in the fields of ‘Public Policy and Public Finance’, ‘Economics’, ‘Business Management’, or ‘Environmental Management, Disaster Management, and Climate Change’ at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Hitotsubashi University, Hiroshima University, Waseda University, International University of Japan (IUJ), University of Tsukuba, and the University of Tokyo. On successful completion of the study program, the officials will be awarded a MA/MSc/MBA."

The Second Phase of JDS program was open to all Ministries in Sri Lanka, while the First Phase was limited to the Ministries of Finance and Planning, Public Administrations and Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Councils and Economic Development.

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