Contributing towards Socio-economic Development for Home Countries

Representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) visited the University recently and met with recipients of the ADB-Japan Scholarship Programme, who are pursuing postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Architecture.

The Scholarship Programme was established in 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan. It aims to provide opportunities for citizens of developing countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. The Master of Science in Urban Planning and the Master of Urban Design at HKU are approved programmes of the Scholarship.

Currently, there are 5 ADB Scholars at HKU coming from developing countries like Bengal, Sri Lanka and Nepal. "I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards the Asian Development Bank for their generous and all-round support. The scholarship not only covers my studies, but also supports my living during my stay in Hong Kong," said Lakshika Thenuwara (MUP, Year 1).

Mr Tatsuya Kanai, one of the ADB's representatives, believes that this Scholarship Programme can broaden the Scholars’ horizons and encourages them to treasure their days at HKU. It is hoped that upon completion of their study programmes, the Scholars can apply and share their newfound knowledge and skills, and contribute to their home countries.

Apr 2015