Finally, the Japanese Language Credit Course, entitled “Introductory Japanese Grammar” has started at the University of Zambia (UNZA). This course is an elective course for a whole year with classes being held for one hour on each day from Monday to Thursday. Although the closure of UNZA due to the cholera break disturbed the syllabus since January 2018, we have succeeded in receiving a new teacher trained in professional Japanese language teaching, Mrs. Akemi YASUHARA. She was dispatched by one of the private associations, called ICEA. UNZA has asked her to support the Japanese Language Credit Course. We have also requested her to teach the Japanese Language Short Course that has been running from the beginning as well as to give teaching instructions to UNZA staff at the Department of Literature and Languages, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, where there is a plan to make a Japanese minor course.
On 16th March, we had the first meeting with students for the credit course and from 19th March the course started. Some of the attendants, those who had already taken the Japanese Language Short Course at UNZA, seem to be full of joy to join this credit course. Others, those who have just started to learn Japanese language, also seem to enjoy the new world. The number of students is not so high but we are confident that they are burning with the desire to learn Japanese language.
We are grateful that Mrs. YASUHARA came this way to Zambia and we also thank the Department of Literature and Languages for having made this great effort to have the Japanese Language Credit Course started.
Today, our office, in conjunction with International Link Office, the University of Zambia (UNZA), organized a meeting at the boardroom of School of Engineering, UNZA, for the purpose of introducing Shimizu Corporation, one of the construction companies in Japan, and the company’s overseas corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to UNZA.
The meeting was presided by Prof. Levy SIAMINWE on behalf of the Dean of School of Engineering and was attended by members of staff as follows: 3 from Shimizu Corporation; 11 from School of Engineering; 1 from International Link Office and 2 from our office. After self-introductions, Mr. Masami HIGUCHI, Regional Head for the Turkey Africa &Middle East, Shimizu Corporation, explained one of their CSR activities, Shimizu Open Academy (SAO). SAO is a series of seminars for university students abroad that has been carried out by the corporation since 2012, in order to arouse people’s interest in the field of infrastructure development by introducing latest topics such as “Advanced Construction Technologies” based on the experiences in their actual construction business or activities. Currently, Shimizu Corporation is planning to extend this activity to the Africa region, and Zambia is selected as one of their first target countries because of the long history they have had in Zambia.
In response to Shimizu Corporation’s idea, many expectations and questions came up from staff of School of Engineering. At the end of the meeting, Prof. SIAMINWE told that Vice Chancellor of UNZA also expected this opportunity to contribute to the development of UNZA and the students would definitely benefit from this event.
We hope the establishment of the relationship between School of Engineering, UNZA, and Shimizu Corporation would bring better future for UNZA and Zambia.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.