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What is JDS Project?

The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) (former Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)) is to support human resource development of the Japanese grant aid recipient countries. JDS Project targets the highly capable young officials (mainly government) who are expected to engage in implementing social and economic development plans as a future leader.

JDS Fellows are also expected to contribute to the enhanced bilateral relations between their countries and Japan, with well-rounded knowledge of Japan.

JDS Project offers 2-year Master's courses at Japanese Universities in English. JDS Fellows will get a special opportunity for directly learning the forefront knowledge in the technological environment as well as for building the wide human networks.

From thr People of Japan
JDS is funded by the Government of Japan through ODA (Official Development Assistance) supported by Japanese tax payers.
JDS targets young government officials and others who are expected to contribute to the development of the country.
JDS provides 2-year Master's courses at Japanese Universities (in English)
* Some courses are 1-year course

Beneficiaries of JDS

For the participants (JDS Fellows)
JDS Fellows will have a great opportunity to learn the expert knowledge for policy making and institutional building for the country's development as well as systems in the world-leading technological country. Also the Fellows will benefit from the wider human network.
For the organizations (The Fellows' workplace)
The Fellows' workplace will attain the highly-capable & motivated returnees who would effectively contribute to the organizational missions
For the country (The Fellows' country)
The Fellows' country will improve institutional capability, which leads to foster the development
- Returned JDS Fellow
"With all positive aspirations gained in Japan, my inner sense gave me a strong confidence to come back to my country as a newly born public manger and drive the mechanism of public sector in my country to achieve the aspirations of its people."
- Returned JDS Fellow
"Studying in Japan is such a unique experience: not only meeting new friends from all over the world, but also experienced learning from a diverse mixture of professors, which widen my view on my work in the government."
- Department head of returned Fellow
"We highly evaluate JDS returned Fellows in our organization. All of them made a significant change during 2 years study in Japan, and it brings positive effect to others in our workplace, too."

Returned JDS Fellow Promoted to Minister of Labor in Tajikistan

Before coming to Japan as JDS fellow in 2014, Ms. Amonzoda had worked at Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Department on Regulation and Development of Foreign Trade as a Chief Specialist. She came to Japan as JDS Tajikistan 6th batch fellow and started her research at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (APU). In 2016, she successfully completed the program and earned master’s degree with her thesis title “Tourism Public Planning and Policy in Tajikistan and its Impact to the National Economy”.

After return to Tajikistan, she worked as vice-chairperson of the Committee of the Tourism Development under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan which was newly created, and promoted to chairperson in January 2020. Since October 2020 when she was appointed a Minister of Labor, Migration and Employment of Population of Tajikistan, she has been leading the national policy. Tajikistan JDS is in its 13th year and currently has 52 returnees. Minister Amonzoda is the first female minister among the whole JDS alumni, and such a great achievement created a great impact on the returned fellows.

In June 2021, a webinar was held in collaboration with APU to commemorate her inauguration as Minister and to encourage returned JDS fellows to participate in the alumni association. In the webinar, she mentioned that what she learnt and experienced in Japan had greatly contributed to her own growth and career advancement, expanded her insights and supported her to make public policies fit to the county’s needs.

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