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Japan grants 25 public sector scholarships

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (28 September) -- FURTHER extending and strengthening bilateral relations, the Government of Japan brings anew this year the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarships (JDS) in partnership with the Government of the Philippines.

Courses would be taken in Japanese universities.

The scholarship program that provides Filipinos a chance to obtain master's degree to support the Philippine human resource development policies is open to 25 Filipinos from the public sector, a faxed info from the Malacanang sa Sugbo states.

Of school year 2008-2008 scholars, 8 would be from the country's public administration, 8 for courses in economists, 3 in information and communications technology, 2 from industrial development and 4 from business administration, the source bared.

Courses offered in the scholarship grant lasts from 2 to 2.5 years as the scholars are expected to return to the Philippines by 2009-2010.

The 25 scholars would be determined after a tough screening by Japanese university professors, passing an English proficiency and Math test in January, passing the technical interview by Japanese Professors and another comprehensive interview and medical examination by February, it stated.

Eligible applicants are Filipino citizens below 40 years old as of April 1, 2008. All must be permanent government employees with at least 2 years of work in the public sector, rates very satisfactorily in performance, with a relevant bachelor's degree. He must also not hold any other foreign scholarship Master's Degree.

Interested applicants must however present his performance appraisal report form for periods July 1-Dec. 31 2006 and Jan. 1 to June 30 2007 duly signed by the agency head, certifications of no pending administrative and criminal charges, no pending nominations for other local or foreign trainings and scholarships, and no pending service obligations from previous trainings.

Applicants also need to submit official service record and statement of actual duties and responsibilities in the office.

Screened scholars before leaving for Japan get preparatory Japanese language training in the country as well as in Japan upon arrival.

Aside from the educational training grant, the scholars also get allowances as JDS fellow.

Such include a round trip airfare between manila to Narita or Kansai airports in Japan, monthly living allowances, tuition fees and other designated allowances.

For more information, inquire from the JICE, JDS project at (02) 753-3261 or log on to (PIA) [top]

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