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JDS scholar shares her experiences in Japan

Miss Phonthip Sinbandith, or Ko as she is known to her family and friends, was a stand-out student while studying at the National University of Laos.
She graduated from the Faculty of Economic and Business Management, majoring in business management in 2010, and later graduated with an excellent certificate from the Faculty of Letters, majoring in English the following year.
After her graduation, she got a job in the International Relations Department of the Bank of of the Lao PDR, and she used this opportunity to upgrade her knowledge and skills.
However, Ms Ko wanted to continue learning and dreamed about having new experiences abroad by securing an overseas scholarship.
In 2015, her friends and co-workers told her about the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development (JDS), which sparked her idea to continue her studies by obtaining a Masters degree.
She told Vientiane Times that after she heard about the JDS scheme, she immediately prepared documents to apply for a scholarship for a Masters degree in the fields of Economic Policy on Investment and Export Promotion.

Miss Phonthip Sinbandith (Ms Ko) pictured at Iwakuni in Japan.

“I studied very hard by myself to upgrade my English skills and mathematical knowledge and I prepared for development research if I received the scholarship,” Ms Ko said.
“After the examination, about 225 JDS scholarship applicants, including me, passed the first selection round with English and mathematics exams, which gave me hope about winning the scholarship.”
In the second round, all the applicants were interviewed by Japanese professors from the universities they had selected in their application forms.
In the final selection round, the applicants were interviewed again by officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Japanese Embassy in Laos and other related sectors.
Finally, 20 scholars, including Ms Ko, received the scholarship from JDS for studies during 2016-18.
These scholars were sent to study at the universities they had selected. MsKo and four other JDS fellows studied at Hiroshima University.
“I was proud of myself because this was the first time I secured a foreign scholarship and I could do it perfectly. This was also the first opportunity for me to pursue my Masters in Japan, which is one of very fast developing countries of the world,” she said with a smile.
“This was a chance for me to develop my educational skills that I could apply not only to my career, but also to my daily life as well as the country’s development.”
Before flying to Japan, the scholarship provider arranged training for all the scholars for a few weeks, which covered English and Japanese language skills and the basics of the Masters subjects.
Ms Ko said adapting to the Japanese way of life and learning the language was sometimes difficult during her first three months in Japan, but help from her classmates and other Lao scholars as well as the university’s officials turned the trip into a great experience.
“After spending over one year studying in Japan, I found that this country is not only about the academic part of life. Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world but despite all the advances, their long-lasting culture and tradition still remain strong,” she said.
“The Japanese people are polite and disciplined, and every foreign student would do well to learn this and to apply this behaviour back in their own countries.”
The JDS scholarship calls for applications every year in October.
The Japanese government has been providing educational scholarships to Laos every year since 1999, and a total of 374 fellows have been sent to Japan.
Once they have completed their studies, all scholars must return and work in their organisation for at least four years (twice the length of the study period) to make a contribution to the development of Laos, complying with a pledge required by the Ministry of Education and Sports.
All applicants must have certain qualifications, including a Bachelors Degree from universities authorised by the government of Laos or other countries, at least two years of work experience in the target organisation, and good command of English.
Any person who has obtained a Masters  degree in a foreign country under any kind of scholarship is not eligible to apply.

By Souksamai Boulom
(Latest Update October 14 , 2017 )

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