Japan grants $3.3 mln scholarships to Vietnam officials

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Japan will grant scholarships worth a total of 324 million yen (US$3.3 million) to young Vietnamese officials between 2014 and 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency said in a press release.

Selected people will have opportunities to conduct academic research in various fields like transport or urban development, environment and public administration reform at Japanese higher educational institutions, like Meiji, according to the statement released on Thursday.

Vietnam will send 30 graduates for master's courses in Japan between 2014 and 2015, it said.

The Exchange of Notes on the grant was signed by Vietnam's Education Minister Pham Vu Luan and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Tanizaki Yasuaki in Hanoi on Thursday.

A related agreement was also inked between Tran Ba Viet Dung, director general of the education ministry's International Cooperation Department, and Mori Mutsuya, chief representative of JICA.

The grant is made under the Human Resource Development Scholarships program, also known as JDS, that Japan has implemented since 2000, targeting young government officers with the potential to become leaders in their areas of specialization.

Until now, 363 government officials have received the scholarships for doing their masters degree in Japan.

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