August 23, 2018
JICA Fiji Office organized a Pre-departure Orientation for participants of Pacific Leaders' Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) program on 20 August 2018.
The Pacific-LEADS program aims to foster young leaders who play vital roles towards the resolution of development challenges in Pacific Islands Countries, as well as further strengthen the relationships between their countries and Japan, through providing opportunities to study at the graduate schools in Japan includes internships at Japanese public institutions.
Participants of the Pacific-LEADS with JICA Fiji Resident Representative, Ms. Yukari Ono (center) and Staff of JICA Fiji Office
The program was initiated by the Government of Japan following the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) in 2015 and accepted recipients from 1st batch in 2016. As a 3rd batch, 20 successful participants from 11 countries such as Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu will depart for Japan to pursue their Masters. Amongst the participants from the Pacific, 6 participants from Fiji, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu attended the pre-departure orientation held in JICA Fiji Office.
During the orientation, presentations were made by 2 recipients from Fiji who had completed their Masters in Japan and returned to the country in July this year. The graduate students presented their research and experiences in the Japanese universities, and provided advice and encouragement to their fellow Pacific-LEADS participants.
Ms. Venina Qiolevu Ministry of iTaukei Affairs Masters in Public Management & Policy Analysis International University of Japan (Niigata, Japan)
Mr. Tomasi Lakeba Ministry of Education, National Heritage & Arts Masters of Arts in Education International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan)
The 3rd batch participants departed for Japan on August 21st and they will begin their studies at respective universities from September this year.