Korea Supports Masters’ Fellowship Program for Enhancement of Global Competitiveness to Nepali officials.
Fifteen Nepalese Government officials have been selected for KOCA’s Masters Fellowship Program and will be leaving for South Korea on August; 2016. Furthermore, they also went through basic Korean language training for a period of sixteen days at Bishwo Bhasa Campus. The fellows will be completing their respective streams at Kyunghee University, KAIST University, Hanyang University, etc.
“The prime objective of the master’s fellowship program is to help build administrative and technical capacity in both the public and private sectors in Nepal. KOICA strongly believes that Human Resource Development can push the development process forward,” said a press release issued by KOICA.
At an orientation program for the participants held on July 27, 2016; Country Director of KOICA Dr. Hyungkyoo Kim highlighted that this fellowship will provide the participants with a platform where they can not only learn many things but also apply it in their respective fields in Nepal. He expressed his hope that their stay in Korea will be informative and the participants will be better equipped with new knowledge and will be responsible for promoting further development in Nepal
In an effort to share the experience and knowledge acquired over the course of Korea’s own development with partner countries, KOICA is increasing the number of fellowship programs that are based on the specific needs of partner countries. In 2015, KOICA invited more than 131 Nepalese governmental officials to Korea in different development courses which are long and short term courses especially focused in Education, Health, Governance, ICT, Rural Development, Industry and Energy, etc. The former trainees of KOICA have formed KOICA Alumni Association of Nepal (KAAN) with an aim to share Korean knowledge in their respective fields and to work as a bridge between Korea and Nepal. It has now more than 200 members. Similarly, under KOICA’s scholarship program more than 60 government officials have received Master’s Degree from renowned Korean Universities. Many of them are actively involved in KAAN activities.