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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, for promoting Hokkaido University (Hokudai) and sustain and improve global network, Hokudai appointed some Hokudai alumni as Ambassador and Partners in Zambia under Hokkaido University Ambassador and Partner (Hokudai AP) System (Cf: Blog on 21th Oct. 2016).
This ceremony was held at the boardroom, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia (UNZA) and attended by Vice President of Hokudai, Prof. Ichiro Uyeda, Vice Chancellor of UNZA, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UNZA, Prof. Enala Tembo Mwase, Dean of School of Veterinary Medicine, UNZA, Prof. King S. Nalubamba, Secretary from Embassy of Japan in Zambia, Mr. Yuta Sekiyama, 7 Hokudai alumni and guests from UNZA or Hokudai related organizations.
During this ceremony, Prof. Uyeda appointed 7 Hokudai alumni as Ambassador and Partners who will support Hokudai promotion activities under the Hokudai AP System. As the Ambassador of Hokudai in Zambia, Dr. Victor Chisha Zulu, Senior Lecturer, School of Veterinary Medicine, UNZA, gave remarks and made an oath to provide general support to Hokudai. After the ceremony the participants had a chance to mingle and interact among themselves, during the lunch reception.
The total number of Ambassador and Partners in Zambia is 13, even though among these others couldn’t attend due to their prior commitments. We, Hokudai Africa Office in Lusaka, appreciate their consideration for taking time to support the efforts for growing relationship between Hokudai and Zambian institutions.
University of Zambia [UNZA] Japanese Course 2017 for the term Nov. 2016-Feb. 2017 has ended today. The majority of the students passed their end of term examination and received certificates from Dr. Hambaba Jimaima, Head of Department of Literature and Languages, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, UNZA, who also gave remarks and encouragement to the students. All of students including some former students as well as Dr. Jimaima, fully enjoyed the event Cultural Day which followed the certificate presentation at UNZA.
In the programme, Ms. Riho Ikeda, Exchange Student from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies had presentation about Japanese art of archery, and Mr. Seth Sibanda, a Karate Instructor, The Zambia Martial Arts Federation [ZAMAF], who was also one of Japanese Course students, showed Karate performance. In addition they participated in activities on Paper Arts (Origami), Traditional Clothes (Yukata), Chopsticks (Ohashi), and Food Culture (Temakizushi).
This event was supported by many people from Japan, who are good friends to one of lecturers, Ms. Keiko Nakai. We appreciate their support so much and wish the passion and motivation by students for learning Japanese language grows more and more through this event.
The 26th Swearing-in and Prize Giving Ceremony was held at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia (UNZA), where our office is located. The Dean of School of Vet. Med., Prof. King NALUBAMBA, gave welcoming remarks. Twenty four (24) graduands were at hand to be sworn-in and take the Veterinary Oath under the guidance of the Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Zambia. Some of them received the awards and prizes in recognition for their exemplary performance and these included one student who has already commenced his studies at Hokkaido University in Japan.
The occasion was graced by the Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Hidenobu SOBASHIMA, who was the Guest of Honor. He was accompanied by the High Commissioner of High Commission of the Republic of Botswana, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Dr. David SHAMULENGE, and the Vice Chancellor of UNZA, Prof. Luke MUMBA, who gave remarks as regards the UNZA strategy plan aligned to the international collaborative and academic exchange. Also in attendance were the Deputy Vice Chancellor of UNZA, Prof. Enala MWASE and the Acting President of the Veterinary Association in Zambia, Dr. Amy KINGDOM. The Japanese Ambassador gave his remarks of encouragement for hard work and handed over the awards and prizes to the deserving students. This brought a lot of joy to the recipients and their family members as well as staff of UNZA. The impact of the longstanding collaboration between Zambia and Japan could clearly be felt at this momentous occasion.
The occasion was spiced by colorful traditional dances and celebrations.