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Japan grants 789m yen for higher education

DHAKA, Aug 8, 2017 (BSS) - A total of 30 government officials will receive higher education at different Japanese universities under an agreement signed today between the government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The officials will get higher education in various disciplines including public administration, economic affairs, legal system, urban planning, public finance and investment policy under a grant of around 789 million Japanese Yen (over $7 million).

Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Masato Watanabe signed the exchange of notes at a programme held at the ERD here.

Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office Takatoshi Nishikat also signed a grant agreement for the 'Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship", known as JSD scheme. Since 2002 to date, 298 Bangladeshi officials have studied in Japan under the JDS scheme.

"In light of the strong expectation of the Bangladesh government to enlarge the scheme, the government of Japan has increased the annual number of Bangladesh JDS awardees significantly in the last few years," JICA said in a release today.

According to the release, the yearly intake of 15, which was constant between 2010 and 2014, has doubled to 30 last year, making Bangladesh the second largest among the 13 JDS participant countries.

In addition, the government of Japan has just decided to open up the JDS scheme for Ph.D candidates from this fiscal year, the release said.