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Japan to Provide Academic Scholarships for Afghan Students

The Embassy of Japan in Kabul announced it will provide scholarships at master and doctorate levels for Afghan students amid restrictions on women and girls’ education by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

On Sunday, July 2, the Japanese Embassy on Twitter announced that Tokyo will provide academic opportunities for Afghan students in Japan starting in 2024 at the doctorate and master-level programs.

The Embassy said the selection process with soon start in cooperation with the Aga Khan Foundation.

Previously, Taliban’s Acting Minister of Higher Education Nada Mohammad Nadim in meeting with Japan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Okada Takashi called for increased cooperation of Tokyo in providing academic scholarships and learning opportunities for Afghan students.

Meanwhile, the Taliban’s governor for central Bamyan province Mullah Abdullah Sarhadi met with Ambassador Takashi in the past week and asked for academic scholarship programs for Afghan students.

The Japanese scholarship scheme announcement comes for Afghan students in 2024, while Afghanistan’s de facto authorities have completely bared female students above grade six from attending schools and universities for the past nearly two years.

The gender-based discrimination has sparked massive condemnations by international organizations and world governments, whereas, the Taliban-run administration has its own priorities and policies regarding the country’s internal matters.