Two Fijians awarded Masters scholarships under Pacific-LEADS

The two government officials have been awarded Masters Scholarships under the Pacific-LEADS program, funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Picture: SUPPLIED

TWO Fijians will be part of the third group of Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) recipients.

The two government officials have been awarded Masters Scholarships under the Pacific-LEADS program, funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Laisa Matagi of the Ministry of Waterways and Environment will be pursuing a Masters in Environmental Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, while Adi Arieta Latianara of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will pursue a Masters of Arts in International Development at Nagoya University.

They will join a total of 20 successful recipients from other regional countries such as Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Pacific-LEADS scholarship recipients will pursue studies in various fields ranging from education to health, environment, engineering, international relations and business administration.

The program will also include internship at Japanese public institutions during the duration of study.

A pre-departure orientation program for Pacific-LEADS batch three will be held on Monday, August 20.

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