The Japanese government has granted more than $3 million to Cambodia for human resource development scholarship.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) issued a statement yesterday, saying that it signed the grant agreement worth $3.23 million with the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
It said the project aims to tackle development challenges in Cambodia by supporting young government officials to obtain master’s or doctor’s degree in Japanese educational institutions.
“JDS fellows can utilise their learning, experiences and human network gained through the project to formulate and to implement socio-economic development plans in Cambodia,” it added.
According to JICA, JDS project started selecting fellows in 2000 and sent its first batch in 2001. Since its onset, 470 young government officials have been awarded full scholarship and other assistance to obtain a Master’s degree or PhD in Japan.
Many of the JDS fellows have become senior officials in various ministries in the Kingdom, it said, noting that the project is the bridge to boost good relations between the two countries.
Education Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said that development partners, including Japan, have played a key role in promoting the quality of Cambodia’s human resource and contributed to present and future national economic development in all sectors.
“All scholarship opportunities respond to the vision of a lifelong education that enhances the capacity of students at all levels to become global citizens with a set of behaviors, skills and values that meet national, regional and global contexts,” he said.