A scholarship agreement has been signed between Japanese Guarantee Aid (JDS) and the Ministry of Higher Education.
The agreement was signed in a special ceremony held at the Ministry of Higher Education on Thursday by Minister Ibrahim Hassan on behalf of the ministry and JDS Resident Representative Moto Taki.
Speaking at the ceremony, the minister said the country’s higher education sector is growing day by day under the chairmanship of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The government is making a lot of efforts to provide loans for higher education, set up TVET centers in different parts of the country and provide financial assistance to study abroad, he said.
The scholarships offered by Japan provide study opportunities in three main areas. These include environment, climate change and disaster management, as well as economic and industrial policy. The selection process for these scholarships will be carried out by the scholarship provider.
The scholarships include a Masters in Public Policy, a Masters in Public Administration, and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy. Additionally, a Master of Arts scholarship in International Relations is also included.
The conditions for obtaining the scholarship are to be between 22 and 39 years old and to hold a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be civil servants or permanent employees of an independent institution. Two years of work experience is also an eligibility requirement.
JDS offers one- or two-year programs. The scholarships will be announced later this year.
JDS scholarships are awarded by Japan to help in the development of human resources of the Maldives. Thirteen students are currently studying on the scholarships offered by JDS since 2020.