Japan Grants Study Funds to Laos for Human Resource Development Scholarships

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VIENTIANE, May 20 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The Japanese government is providing about US$3 million to the Human Resource Development (JDS) Scholarship Project through grants in Laos.

An agreement on the project was signed in Vientiane between the Director General of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ms. Sisomboun Ounavong, and the Chief Representative of JICA Laos Office, Mr. Toshio Nagase, in the presence of ministry officials. of Education and Sports and other ministries.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ms. Sisomboun said the main objective of the project was to enhance the knowledge of state officials through the scholarships, with the project running from this month until April 2029.

There are 20 scholarships per year for studying masters and doctoral degrees at institutions and universities in Japan.

The project will be implemented by JICA and the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The program targets highly competent young civil servants (mainly from government) who are expected to engage in the implementation of socio-economic development plans as future leaders.

Applicants should have a good command of written and spoken English (a TOEFL score of 500 or higher is preferred), have a bachelor’s degree from a university authorized by the government of Laos or other countries, and be in good mental health and physical.

In March, the Japanese government agreed to provide 2,105 million yen (more than 17 million US dollars and more than 200 billion kips) to finance the improvement of the facilities and laboratories of the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Laos.

The agreement was signed by Nagase Toshio and Sisomboun Ounavong.

The objective of the project is to improve the teaching and research environment at the Faculty, which has the most graduates of the four national engineering university faculties in Laos, by modernizing teaching facilities and equipment and of research. -Vientiane Times/ANN

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