(KPL) Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, Mr Takeshi Hikihara hosted a send-off reception for students who have won Japanese Government scholarship programmes, Japan Human Resource Development Scholarships (JDS) and Young Leaders Programme (YLP) in Vientiane on Monday, Aug 13.
JDS, or officially the “Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship”, grants two-year scholarships to Lao government officials engaged in socioeconomic development to study at graduate schools in Japan for a master’s degree.
Since JFY 1999, when the programme started, more than 370 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 53 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 Hikihara congratulated the departing students, asked them to develop themselves through studying in new circumstances. He expressed his hope that they, as selected leaders for the future of Laos, would accumulate knowledge and experiences in order to contribute to 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 countries.
On behalf of the departing students, Mr. Soudchai Vannasin, who will study Master of Law/Master of International Studies at Kobe University, and Ms. Pabou Nylathdone, an official from the Ministry of Home Affairs who will study administration in National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan, expressed their appreciations to the Japanese government and reaffirmed their strong wills for academic achievement.
The reception was attended by Ms. Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Minister of Education and Sports and President of the Lao-Japan Friendship Association, who congratulated and encouraged the students to study hard in Japan and play a leading role in each field of their future careers on their return.
Mr. Yoshiharu Yoneyama, Chief Representative of the JICA Laos Office, was also present as well as several DGs and DDGs, Lao government officials including many successful graduates from Japanese universities under these schemes, and other former scholarship students.