Tokyo envoy to Japan-bound Fil students: excel, return to country and bridge RP-Japan ties

June 6, 2010 11:47 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, June 6 -— Twenty Filipinos left recently for postgraduate study grants in various Japanese universities in fields ranging from public administration to information and communications technology, sent-off with a prayer from Japanese ambassador Makoto Katsura that having excelled in their studies, they return and lead Philippine development and be “bridge(s) in the strengthening of the friendly and cooperative ties between Japan and the Philippines.”

Katsura also said he hopes the students’ stay in Japan will provide the Japanese people with an opportunity to learn about the Philippines.

The Filipinos belong to the 8th batch of graduate fellows under a human resources aid program known as Japan Development Scholarship (JDS), which was implemented since 2002 and presently granted in 12 countries, including the Philippines.

A total 179 Filipinos have gone to Japanese universities under the JDS grant.

In this program, Filipinos pursue a two-year Master’s degree in Economics, Information and Communication Technology, Public Administration, Industrial Development, and Business Administration, among others.

“The project aims to enhance the scholars’ expertise and help build a pool of future leaders who will contribute positively to the country’s overall economic development by returning to and working in the Philippines,” the embassy said in announcing the group’s departure.

NEDA Deputy Director-General Rolando G. Tungpalan, Department of Foreign Affairs-ASPAC Director Josel F. Ignacio, and JICA Senior Representative Kenzo Iwakami joined the send-off ceremonies at the Mandarin Hotel on June 4.

”Japan stands firm in its support of the human resource development efforts of the Philippines as this is in line with Japan’s Official Development Assistance policy providing developing countries with not just physical infrastructure but also capacity development as well,” said Katsura.

JDS fellows undergo rigid screening and a working knowledge of Japanese language before they depart.

“I hope you will continue to learn the language and to experience a different culture during your stay in Japan," the envoy advised the fellows.

Katsura said further: “I am sure you will keep in your minds and in your hearts, the purpose for this endeavor. You all have the potential to effect change in your country through your studies and work. I hope you will take this opportunity and transform it into something that will result in the betterment of your respective offices in particular and of your country in general.” (PNA)

LDV/GJB

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