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* Japan pledges further Rs.245 million to Sri Lanka for Human Resource Development Scholarship
Tue, Jun 3, 2014, 11:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 03, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided approximately Rs.245 million (Yen 215 million) to Sri Lanka for this year's Human Resources Development Scholarship program.

Ambassador of Japan in Colombo Nobuhito Hobo and Secretary to Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. P.B. Jayasundera signed the Exchange of Notes for the second phase of the Human Resource Development Scholarship scheme Monday (June 02) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

The Human Resource Development Scholarship initiated by the Government of Japan in 2010 aims to train, young Sri Lankan officials to become future national leaders of Sri Lanka, highly capable of contributing effectively in the formulation and implementation of national development plans.

Under the scholarship program during 2014 to 2017, a total of 60 young public sector officials in four batches will have the opportunity to pursue a two-year Master's Degree at prominent universities in Japan.

The fields of study include Public Policy and Public Finance, Economics, Business Management, or Environmental Management, Disaster Management, and Climate Change.

The scholarships are offered for studies 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 1st batch of the Second Phase 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.

The Sri Lankan government expects the officials, who will be benefited under this programme, to contribute to the social and economic development of the country in a productive manner with self-confidence, strengthening the bilateral relationship between two countries, the Finance and Planning Ministry said.

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