Scholarship: Japan To Sponsor 29 Nigerians For Masters Degree

​The Japanese International Cooperation

Agency (JICA) says it is sponsoring 29

Nigerians to Japan for their Master’s

degree under the Japanese Government

Official Development Assistance.

A statement issued on Monday in Abuja

by Ms Salamatu Baba, Public Relations

official of JICA Nigeria, said the

beneficiaries would also undergo

internship at the completion of their


“This Initiative offers opportunities for

young and eligible African youths to

study at Master’s courses in Japanese

universities as international students and

also experience internships at Japanese

“This is in order to develop effective

skills and knowledge in various fields,

with the aim of contributing to the

development of industries in Africa.

“This is in fulfilment of a promise made

by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the

Fifth Tokyo International Conference on

African Development.

“Abe promised a strategic five-year plan

to provide 1,000 African youths with such

master’s scholarship opportunities,” it


Baba said JICA received 1,946

applications from 50 African countries for

the scholarship for the Japanese fiscal

year admission 2016.

“In Nigeria, JICA received 196

applications that went through the four-

tier rigorous screening exercise out of

which 29 applicants were successful.

“The participants are expected to

contribute to the development of Nigeria

in collaboration with the Japanese

private sector on their return,” the

statement said. (NAN)