Japan Provides Grant Aid for Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship

Japan has provided Grant Aid of one hundred and seventeen million Japanese Yen (JPY 117,000,000) to the Maldives to the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship.

The Exchange of Note for the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) was signed by Her Excellency Mrs. Takeuchi Midori, Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives, and His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs at a ceremony held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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This assistance is in line with the Exchange of Notes signed between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of Maldives in August 2020, which offered Maldivians fully funded scholarships for Master’s Degree in social sciences at the top universities in Japan for the first time. The program spans for 4 years, which commenced from 2020 and each year 6 eligible Maldivians will be selected. The total value of the grant aid for the year 2022 is one hundred and seventeen million Japanese Yen (JPY 117,000,000), which corresponds approximately to USD 865,000.

This scholarship aims to support human resource development targeting highly capable young civil servants who are expected to engage in policy formulation and implementation of social and economic development policies in the future. JDS fellows are also expected to contribute to enhancing bilateral relations between the Maldives and Japan, with well-rounded knowledge of Japan.

The JDS project has been implemented in 21 partner countries since 1999. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Maldives together with the Ministry of Higher Education of Maldives will implement the project.

The Government of Japan remains committed to further strengthening the socio-economic development in the Maldives.

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