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‘Scholarship recipients should use experience to develop country’

The Human Resource Development Scholarship recipients should use the knowledge and experience gained in Japan to effectively contribute towards the future development efforts after returning to country, Japanese Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo said.

 

The 15 public sector officials who received scholarships from the Japanese government to follow Masters Degree programmes in Japanese Universities with Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo prior to their departure.

The 15 public sector officials who received scholarships from the Japanese government to follow Masters Degree programmes in Japanese Universities with Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo prior to their departure.
Hobo granted 15 scholarships to young public sector officials to follow a two year Masters Degree course at Japanese Universities on Monday. Ambassador Hobo was speaking at a reception hosted by him at his residence in Colombo for the 15 scholars, prior to their departure to Japan. The Japanese government initiated the Human Resource Development Scholarship in 2010 with the objective of training Sri Lankan officials with high potential to effectively contribute to the development efforts of Sri Lanka.

The scholarship provides opportunities for young public sector officials to pursue a two-year Masters Degree in Japan in the fields of Public Policy and Public Finance, Public Administration, Regional Development and Macro Economics and Development Economics at International Christian University, Hiroshima University and International University of Japan. This year Japanese Yen 192 million (approximately Rs. 245 million) was provided to cover the expenses for the fouth batch of 15 scholars.

So far, 45 public officials have been awarded this scholarship, while 15 officials from the first batch of scholarship recipients have successfully completed their Masters Degrees and have returned to Sri Lanka. The recipients for the scholarship are selected from the Ministries of Finance and Planning, Public Administration and Home Affairs, Economic Development and Local Government and Provincial Councils.

Ambassador Hobo said, “this scholarship is a special opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the specialized fields that are highly in demand in Sri Lanka.

It is important that the scholars make best use of this opportunity not only for the academic area, but also to explore Japan and its culture”. He also said Japan gives priority towards human resource development in Sri Lanka and has therefore continuously provided technical cooperation through people and has awarded various study and training opportunities to Sri Lankans.

A representative of the returned fellows from the first batch, Haputale Divisional Secretary Anura Hemakumara also addressed the new scholarship recipients giving an insight about his experience in Japan.


 

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