23 Aug 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Forty-four candidates from Myanmar have been awarded scholarships for master's courses by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an official from the agency announced on Wednesday.

Of the candidates, 33 are from government ministries, four from the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), five from the Myanmar Engineering Society, and two from the Myanmar Japan Centre.

"The 44 were selected from a long list of capable applicants after going through many tests and interviews," JICA Chief Representative to Myanmar Masayuki Karasawa said.

"The objective of the project is to support human resource development in countries that are recipients of aid from Japan by providing the opportunity to young and highly capable government officials to obtain a master's degree.

"They are then expected to engage in formulating and implementing social and economic development plans and become leaders in their respective countries," Karasawa said.

The master's courses will conduct in English over two years in Japanese universities and are designed to provide the candidates a well-rounded knowledge of Japan.

Fields of study for the courses include: agricultural and rural development, disaster risk management, health administration and policy, law, public policy and administration, economics and business administration, international relations, educational development and planning, information and communication technology, transportation and traffic, electric power and energy, and urban development planning.

JICA has provided scholarships in Myanmar through participating government bodies and private sector agencies such as the UMFCCI and Myanmar Engineering Society since 2002.

"Those who received scholarships previously have gone on to achieve great things when they came back to Myanmar," Karasawa said, adding that 501 candidates from Myanmar had been selected for the master's course scholarships in the five-year period since 2014.