By: Kayode Adetoye
The Republic of Korea through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) which is its agency responsible for the administration of grant aid and technical cooperation in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning organized a webinar for 2021 Scholarship for Master’s Degree in leading Korean Universities.
During the session, KOICA Nigeria Office introduced the Master’s Degree program, unveiled 15 available courses for this year, provided application procedure, requirements and guidelines as well as shared experiences of past alumni. The session exposed the participants to the dynamism of Korea towards its rapid development, and shared Korea’s unique development experience. A statement KOICA on thursday said
The Country Director of KOICA Nigeria office Mr. Woochan Chang informed that yearly the office organizes a physical introductory session to disseminate information on the scholarship program to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the Country. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the session was held virtually, he said.
He said that the session provides the much-needed platform for interaction between prospective applicants and the office, and thereby attracting relevant and qualified applicants. Also, he informed that the interaction avails the opportunity for the participants to ask for clarification which builds their confidence to apply for the scholarship, he said.
Mr. Chang informed that the Scholarship program is an integral part of KOICA’s support for the promotion of Human Resources Development (HRD) of partner countries such as Nigeria. He said, the program aims to share unique development experiences which Korea gained in the process of its rapid socio-economic advancements, thus sharpening the skills and knowledge of government officials in core development areas that will engender sustainable socio-economic advancement in Nigeria.
Today, 93 government officials from relevant MDAs attended the workshop. Also, the Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department Mr. Fatuyi Oluseyi, and Principal officer Fatima Sheji represented the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. The workshop finished with useful key points for the government officials to prepare themselves before applying for the program.
KOICA hopes that Nigerian government officials who can partake in the KOICA Scholarship Program would gain professional and systematic knowledge that will play a key role in Nigeria’s development in the long run.