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Fri

20

Oct

2017

UNZA Japanese Courses start soon (Nov. 2017-)


UNZA (the University of Zambia) Japanese course will be starting soon next month, November. The details of the upcoming courses are as follows:

 

① Introductory Japanese Grammar (JAP 1220)

※This is Elective Course, Full course for a whole year, 4 contact hours per week. Any UNZA student can take it as an elective. Please see the Head of Department of Literature and Languages for guidance.

 

 

 

② UNZA Japanese Short Course

Class Schedule:

Level 1 (Beginners) starts on 17th November 2017, 14:00 (Level 1: Every Friday 14:00 - 16:00 for 11 weeks)

Level 2 starts on 16th November 2017, 14:00 (Level 2: Every Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 for 11 weeks)

Fees: K150 for students / K400 for others (This short course is open for everyone.)

Venue: School of Education, the University of Zambia

(Department of Literature and Language Seminar Room, 1st Floor)

 

※Provisional Registration for Short Course: Send SMS [Name, e-mail address, course level you want to register] to the mobile numbers below.

Contact Information:

- Department of Literature & Languages, Dr. Sande Ngalande 0976134774

- Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka, Dr. Midori Daimon 0963019815

Email: unzajapanese@gmail.com

 

Please also check Facebook "UNZA Japanese Class"

Fri

08

Sep

2017

Attendance at the 9th International Toxicology Symposium in Africa

The 9th International Toxicology Symposium in Africa was held at the Constantial Hotel & Suites, Benin City in Nigeria during 7th-8th September, 2017. Considering the attendance by many scholars from different universities and other institutions in Africa, with good experiences of academic collaboration with Japan, one of the study abroad coordinators from our office, Dr. Noriko NARISAWA attended this symposium to introduce our office and request support to our activities.

The aim of this symposium was to carry out scientific discussions on the current situation of environmental pollution and other toxicological topics in African countries. The topics in this symposium were based on the biological effects of the environmental pollutants such as DDT, PCB and heavy metals. The presenters at this symposium originated from 15 universities and 4 institutions from 9 African countries as follows: University of Benin (Nigeria), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Lagos (Nigeria), University of Jos (Nigeria), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (Nigeria), Federal University of Petroleum Resources (Effurun, Nigeria), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), University of Yaounde I (Cameroon), University of Ngaoundere (Cameroon), University of Gezira (Sudan), Hawassa University (Ethiopia), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), University of Zambia (Zambia), University of Johannesburg (South Africa), Zagazig University (Egypt), Department of Petroleum Resources (The Petroleum Regulatory Agency of Nigeria), Hydrochrom Resources Limited (Nigeria), National Veterinary Research Institute (Vom, Nigeria), Agricultural Research Corporation (Sudan).

At the end of the symposium, Dr. NARISAWA had a presentation to briefly introduce the Coordinator for Study-in-Japan Project. And during the welcome reception before the symposium and the Banquet after the symposium, she had a great opportunity to discuss with professors from Africa on promoting academic and student exchange between their universities and Japanese universities. She also had individual consultations with young scholars from Africa on the prospects of studying in Japan.

This symposium was jointly hosted by University of Benin in Nigeria and Hokkaido University in Japan, and sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). We greatly appreciate all the support from the symposium coordinators, Prof. Mayumi ISHIZUKA and Prof. Yoshinori IKENAKA from the Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University, and Prof. Lawrence I.N. Ezemonye from the Department of Animal and Environment Biology, University of Benin together with other participants who warmly welcomed our staff to participate in this momentous occasion.

Fri

08

Sep

2017

Attendance at the 5th East Africa Japanese Language Education Conference

The 5th East Africa Japanese Language Education Conference was held at the Embassy of Japan in Madagascar during 6th–8th September, 2017. Since our office has supported the establishment and management of the University of Zambia (UNZA) Japanese Course, one of our staff, Dr. Midori DAIMON attended this conference with Dr. Sande NGALANDE, Lecturer of the UNZA Japanese Course.

At Dr. Daimon's presentation
At Dr. Daimon's presentation

During the conference, we had a wonderful and exciting discussion with several people who study and teach Japanese language in Africa, specifically, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. Among the participants were teachers at university, high school and private lessons, JICA volunteers and students who are expected to teach Japanese language, soon. Some of them were not Japanese but indigenous Africans, whose Japanese proficiency impressed us very much.

At Dr. Ngalande's presentation
At Dr. Ngalande's presentation

At the three days conference, we held two (2) workshops on how to teach “reading” and how to make our own materials for teaching Japanese language and shared 14 presentations on the challenges and improvements of the Japanese language course and skills in respective countries. Our office staff, Dr. DAIMON presented the possibilities of teaching Japanese language and culture which brings the mind to think seriously about studying in Japan although the UNZA Japanese course does not provide sufficient course content for students to acquire the Japanese language proficiency required to study in Japanese. Dr. NGALANDE had a presentation on the challenges of the UNZA Japanese course and received many comments and advice from the audience. 

At the end of the conference, we had a meeting and discussed how we are going to improve the Japanese language education in Africa. After the conference, a cocktail party was held at the residence of Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Ichiro OGASAWARA, who gives a great support to the Japanese language education in Madagascar.

This conference was funded by the Japan Foundation and organized by Japanese Language Teacher’s Association in Madagascar. We greatly appreciate their support and the tremendous effort of all the participants. We are confident that the network which we made in this conference will inspire the UNZA Japanese course and result into further improvement.

 

 

Cf: Japan Foundation Website

Mon

28

Aug

2017

UNZA Japanese Course Cultural Exchange Event 2017

We are glad to inform you that we introduced the UNZA Japanese Course Cultural Exchange Event 2017 on 28th August at Confucius Institute in the University of Zambia. This event was organized by the UNZA Japanese Course, and co-organized by the Lecture ‘Fieldwork for Asian & Africa Studies’ (Department of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Hiroshima Jogakuin University) and our office, Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka. 

We had a good time together with six female students from Hiroshima Jogakuin University and other Japanese attendants including the Secretary from the Embassy of Japan in Zambia as well as Zambian participants who have an interest in Japan.

After the opening remarks by Dr. Hambaba JIMAIMA, Head of Department of Literature and Languages, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Zambia, the students from Hiroshima Jogakuin had a presentation about Japanese culture especially, urban culture in Hiroshima, one of the most well-known cities in Japan. Their presentation attracted a Zambian audience, who asked many questions and also enjoyed some snacks served by the students.

Following this presentation, we had a Japanese speech contest attended by five UNZA Japanese Course students. Their speech performance which included pictures and videos gave the audience a wonderful time. All the speakers were congratulated and given the special bag of Hokkaido University by Dr. JIMAIMA, Dr. Sande NGALANDE, Lecturer who is in charge of the UNZA Japanese Course, and Ms. Keiko NAKAI, one of the Japanese language teachers. The best and second performers received the certificates and key holder as the prize of this first commemorable Japanese speech contest.

At the end of the event, two students from Hiroshima Jogakuin University showed Japanese martial arts performance, Karate, which excited all the participants. We hope this event did open the door to improve our relationship between Zambia and Japan.

Sun

27

Aug

2017

Botswana Consumer Fair 2017

The Botswana Consumer Fair 2017, organized by Fairground Holdings, was held in Gaborone, Botswana, during 21st-27th August 2017. We, the Study Abroad coordinators from Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka, participated at this event on 26th and 27th August where we promoted the Study-in-Japan program. Among the participants at this event, those who visited our booth were more than 200 people who included university and high school students as well as parents and working adults.

At our booth a lecturer from University of Botswana and a researcher from Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, who had studied in Japan, supported our promotion activities. They explained how transparent it is to get opportunities for studying in Japan and narrated their wonderful and fruitful experiences that enabled them to get the required knowledge and skills for contribution to the social economic development of Botswana. This information attracted many attendants to come and listen at our booth. We are grateful to their assistance and collaboration.

We also appreciate all the support from the Embassy of Japan in Botswana, which assisted our activities in Botswana. We will make use of information and network which we received in Botswana to improve the promotion of the Study-in-Japan program.

Mon

07

Aug

2017

Agricultural and Commercial Show 2017 in Zambia

The Agricultural and Commercial Show was held at the Show Grounds in Lusaka, Zambia during 2th-7th August 2017. We, Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka, participated at this event on the weekends (5th to 7th) where we made a booth within the University of Zambia (UNZA) space and promoted the study-in-Japan program.

This show, which started in 1919, was organized by the Agricultural and Commercial Show Society of Zambia. The exhibitors included not only those from governmental organizations and companies in Zambia but also from other countries. We found many traders who came to exhibit including some from as far as Ghana and a large number of show goers who enjoyed the show including children.

 

Among the participants of this event, around 130 people visited our booth and received some information about the study-in-Japan program. We appreciate all the support to our promotion activity from UNZA, especially the International Link Office and UNZA Radio.

Fri

28

Jul

2017

UNAM Career and Employment Expo 2017

The Career and Employment Expo 2017, organized by the University of Namibia (UNAM), was held at the Gym Hall, UNAM, in Windhoek, Namibia during 27th-28th July 2017. We, the study abroad coordinators from Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka, participated at this event where we promoted the study-in-Japan program. Among the participants of this event, a total of 160 university and high school students visited our booth.

This time we also held a small seminar, in addition to putting posters showing information on the study-in-Japan program and provision of brochures and consultation, as was the case last year. Our seminar showed how attractive it was to study in Japan and how the study-in-Japan program is put into practice. The seminar was also attended by Ms. Kaoru YOKOTANI, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Namibia, who explained about the Japanese government scholarship (MEXT Scholarship). Our seminar attracted the participation of 18 university and high school students who had interest in the study-in-Japan program.

  

We appreciate all the support for our activities in Namibia and wish our promotion in this event brings a new view to Namibian students.

Thu

13

Jul

2017

UNZA Japanese Course 2017 Cultural Seminar

Days are running so fast! Since we had the Japanese Cultural Day in Feb. this year, five months have passed. Today, UNZA Japanese Course 2017 for the term April -July has ended. 10 students of Level 1 and 4 students of Level 2 received certificates from Dr. Hambaba Jimaima, Head of Department of Literature and Languages, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Zambia. This certificate presentation ceremony was observed by Mr. Minami Soma, Secretary from Embassy of Japan in Zambia, who took a keen interest to attend this ceremony despite notifying and inviting him at short notice.

All of students including some former students also enjoyed the event Cultural Seminar which followed the certificate presentation ceremony. Dr. Sande Ngalande, Lecturer of this Japanese Course, Department of Literature and Languages, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Zambia hosted the whole event. 

In the programme, Mr. Johnson Chishimba, Environmental Scientist, Emnka Environmental Services made a presentation, which showed his experiences in Japan during his study at Hokkaido University through HUSTEP (Hokkaido University Short-Term Exchange Programme). Participants were attracted by his talk, especially about speedy train, public bath, and snow-boarding. Ms. Riho Ikeda, Exchange Student from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies had also a presentation about Japanese art of archery. Since she supported our classes of this term seriously, the Japanese course students seemed to be surprised and enjoyed the story about archery as her other side of life. In addition participants joined activities on Chopsticks (Ohashi), and Food Culture (Temakizushi). Their smiles during making Temakizushi and trying to use chopsticks were so impressive, which showed they loved the moment to encounter the diverse but attractive Japanese culture.

This event was supported by Japanese friends to the lecturers, Ms. Keiko Nakai and Ms. Naoko Yokoi. We appreciate their support so much. In the next month, August, we will have another cultural event including Japanese Speech Contest at University of Zambia. Some of the students are preparing their speeches now! We hope to see their beautiful smiles again in the upcoming event.

Fri

09

Jun

2017

Visit of Japanese-Language Specialist from Japan Foundation to the University of Zambia

(from the left)Dr. Sande NGALANDE, Dr. Hambaba JIMAIMA, Mr. Tomoya TAKAHASHI
(from the left)Dr. Sande NGALANDE, Dr. Hambaba JIMAIMA, Mr. Tomoya TAKAHASHI

Japanese-Language Specialist from Japan Foundation, Mr. Tomoya TAKAHASHI, came to visit the University of Zambia(UNZA) and observe the UNZA Japanese Course.

 

On 8th June, in the morning he paid a courtesy call to Head of Department of Literature and Language, UNZA, Dr. Hambaba JIMAIMA, and also made a call to Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Zambia Office, Mr. Junichi HANAI. We discussed the prospective options through which we can improve the UNZA Japanese Course. In the afternoon, Mr. TAKAHASHI observed the class for Level 2 of the UNZA Japanese Course.

On 9th June, Mr. TAKAHASHI visited the Embassy of Japan in Zambia and met with Secretary, Mr. Yuta SEKIYAMA who is in charge of public relations and culture. In the afternoon, Mr. TAKAHASHI delivered a special lecture to the class for Level 1 of the UNZA Japanese Course. The students enjoyed his lecture.

 

Through his visit, we got some ideas on a further improvement for the development of the UNZA Japanese Course including innovative ways of delivery of teaching and learning the Japanese language course. We, Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka, hope this Japanese Course will be sustainably established and provide much potential to the people in Zambia.

Thu

11

May

2017

Zambia Education Fair 2017

The Zambia Education Fair was held at the New Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia, which was organized by Industry Frontiers. We, the staff from the Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka, attended this event and promoted study-in-Japan.

 

Among participants of this event, around 100 people such us high school students, university students, teachers, lecturers and university staff, came to our booth and took some brochures of study-in-Japan information and listened to our talk.

 

Other exhibitors in this Fair included government institutions and local companies in education and enterprise development, local national universities (the University of Zambia and Mulungushi University) and private universities (University of Lusaka, ZCAS University, Cavendish University, and University of Africa).

 

We hope our activities in this event provided an opportunity for the participants to think about the study-in-Japan initiative and consider further interactions.

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