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Ethiopia-Japan Academic and Student Exchange Fair 2017

The Ethiopia-Japan Academic and Student Exchange Fair 2017 will be held on 20th September at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Please come to enjoy this fair, rethink the relations between you and Japan and plan ‘Study-in-Japan.’

Date: 20th Wednesday, September 2017

Time: 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: Ras Mekonnen Hall, Main Campus (at Sidist Kilo), Addis Ababa University (The venue has been changed from Nelson Mandela Hall to Ras Mekonnen Hall!!)


 Registration 13:30-14:00

Study-in-Japan Seminar 14:00-16:00

Individual Consultation 16:00-17:00

***Admission is Free***

***Any person interested in studying in Japan is Welcome***


For More Information, Contact:

-Directorate of External Relations, Relationships and Communication, Addis Ababa University


 Tel: 011-1239705 (Calling within Ethiopia)

-Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka


 Tel: 098-8130522 (Calling within Ethiopia)



Addis Ababa University


Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan

Embassy of Japan in Ethiopia

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Nairobi Research Station in Kenya


**Universities and Other related Organization Physically Participating in this Fair (9)(in random order)

- Hokkaido University

- Shibaura Institute of Technology

- Tokyo University of Agriculture

- Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

- Utsunomiya University

- International University of Japan

- Kyoto University

- Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan

- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Nairobi Research Station in Kenya

- Japan Student Service Organization

- Japan International Cooperation Center


**Universities Participating by Providing Information Kits (20) (in random order)

- Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

- Otaru University of Commerce

- Tohoku University, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

- University of Tsukuba

- The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy

- Ochanomizu University

- Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

- Tokyo Metropolitan University

- Tokyo International University

- Sophia University

- Yokohama National University

- Shinshu University

- Toyohashi University of Technology

- Doshisha Business School, Global Business and Management Studies

- Kansai University

- Ritsumeikan University

- Kyushu University

- Nagasaki University

- Kyushu Institute of Technology

- Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Attendance at The 3rd SAJU Forum on 15th-16th July 2017

Representatives at the 3rd SAJU Forum
Representatives at the 3rd SAJU Forum

The 3rd South Africa – Japan University (SAJU) Forum was held at Odaiba, Tokyo from July 15th to 16th. President Toyoharu NAWA and Prof. Masahiro OKUMURA, Director of the Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka attended the event.

Until now, two SAJU forums have been held to establish frameworks for academic collaboration between South Africa and Japan in higher education; the first one was held at Hiroshima in 2007 and the second one at Cape Town in 2008. For the third one this year, around three hundred representatives from twenty-five Japanese universities, twenty-one South African universities, and officials of the government and industry participated. 

Presentation by Prof. OKUMURA
Presentation by Prof. OKUMURA

This year, under the main theme ”Cooperation between South African and Japanese universities towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDG),” there were keynotes by specialists from industries, the government, and universities from Japan and South Africa. This was followed by four parallel sessions dedicated to “Environment and Energy,” “Health,” “Education, Humanity and Society” and ”Agriculture and Food.” In each session, participants and panelists discussed ways for universities in Japan and South Africa to collaborate in the future to solve global and local problems and achieve set SDGs. 

Wrap up by President NAWA and South African Chair
Wrap up by President NAWA and South African Chair

President NAWA chaired the “Environment and Energy” session and discussion which followed. The session consisted of presentations by seven Japanese universities and six South African universities about their activities in preserving the environment and energy. As one of the chairmen, President NAWA acted as facilitator and summarized the session. Prof. OKUMURA was one of the presenters for the session and introduced prospective research collaborations between Hokkaido University and the South African region. In his presentation, he talked about the university’s Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) and their project titled “Visualization of Impact of Chronic/Latent Chemical Hazard and Geo-Ecological Remediation.” This project is led by Prof. Mayumi ISHIZUKA and Prof. Toshifumi IGARASHI. His presentation also included other research activities undertaken with researchers in South Africa as follows;

  1.  “Indoor airborne radioactivity measurement near mine tailings in West Rand, SA” by Associate Prof. Kazuhiro TOYODA, Faculty of Environmental Earth Science.
  2.  “Is DDT really safe for vector control? Bio-hazard control vs. Chemical-hazard” by Associate Prof. Yoshinori IKENAKA, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

  Afterwards, President NAWA and the South African chairman wrapped up the session and expressed their expectations that future collaborations between Japan and South Africa will put to practical use the technical strength of Japan and resources of South Africa.

Study-in-Japan Educational Seminar at Chengelo School

On 31st May 2017, we had a event at Chengelo School, Mkushi, Zambia. Chengelo School welcomed and supported us so much. 50 sixth form (A level) students came to attend our seminar and listened attentively to our talk. After the seminar, two of students showed us around their beautiful campus, where we enjoyed walking.

We heard more than half graduates of this school usually go to study abroad. We believe our event made an opportunity for them to get an interest in studying in Japan!! 

Study-in-Japan Educational Seminar at National High Schools

Study-in-Japan Educational Seminars were held to promote Study-in-Japan at National High Schools in Zambia. On 17th May, it was held at David Kaunda National Technical High School (DK) in Lusaka. Around 150 students came and enjoyed our talk. On 22nd May, it was also held at Hillcrest National Technical High School in Livingstone. Around 200 students attended and asked many questions lively. With the wonderful support from DK and Hillcrest staff, and Embassy of Japan in Zambia, these event were a great success.  


One of alumnus from DK who is currently studying in Japan, gave a video speech. It entertained high school students so much. 


※Some information about Study-in-Japan which we provide at our seminars is here


Study-in-Japan Educational Seminar at UNZA 2017

Study-in-Japan Educational Seminar was held at University of Zambia (UNZA) on 26th April, 2017 at NELT (New Education Lecture Theatre),  School of Education, UNZA.


With the wonderful support from UNZA and Embassy of Japan in Zambia, it provided a great opportunities to all participants for considering Study-in-Japan. Total of participants was around 200.


The participants also enjoyed the attractive presentation by one of their peer who has studied at Hokkaido University.

Cf: Japanese Government Scholarship

GHANA AND JAPAN STUDENT EXCHANGE -2017 FAIR               at Great Hall, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana on 15th Feb.

1. Joint Workshop (9:00-12:30)

It was held for academic and administrative university staff in order to strengthen collaboration/partnership of universities between Ghana and Japan. Participating universities in Ghana such us University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast and University of Health and Allied Sciences had opportunities to enter into future academic collaboration and students exchange with the universities in Japan, namely Hokkaido University, International University of Japan, Kanazawa University, Kyoto University, Mie University, Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Tsukuba University (Tsukuba University took part in a teleconference) especially during the free group discussion time. 

2. Seminar on Study-in-Japan


It was held for students and graduates of universities in Ghana, pupils and career masters of high schools in Ghana, faculties and university staff, etc.

The Japanese universities, namely Hokkaido University, International University of Japan, Kyoto University, Mie University, Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Kanazawa University came to explain the details of and opportunities at their universities. Embassy of Japan in Ghana, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Nairobi Research Station in Kenya provided the information of their scholarship systems. Alumni who studied in Japan universities gave a talk about their experiences in Japan, which got the participants excited.

They also held individual consultations for participants. Furthermore, brochures and pamphlets for display and distribution was also provided by 21 universities in Japan as follows (listed in random order);

1)  Tokyo International University

2)  Niigata University of Health and Welfare

3)  Yamagata University

4)  Yokohama National University

5)  Kindai University

6)  Ritsumeikan University

7)  Otaru University of Commerce

8)  Sophia University

9)  Doshisha University

10) Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

11) The University of Tokyo

12) University of the Ryukyus

13) Saitama University

14) Kyushu University

15) Akita University

16) Tsuda College

17) Hirosaki University

18) Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

19) Okayama University 

20) Kyushu Institute of Technology

21) University of Tsukuba

With the warm and generous support from University of Ghana, every participant university from Japan, and all scholars and students who participated in this fair, it was an emphatic success! Total of participants for the workshop was about 70 and for the seminar, about 450. We, Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka, appreciated all their efforts from the bottom of our heart.


  • University of Ghana
  • Ghana Alumni of Japanese Universities (GAJU)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Nairobi Research Station in Kenya


  • Embassy of Japan in Ghana
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan

Cf: Advertisement and Article of this Fair on University of Ghana HP

Cf: Programme of this Fair⇒Work Shop (Morning Session), Seminar (Afternoon Session) 

※As the pre-event of the Ghana and Japan Exchange Student -2017 Fair, Study in Japan Educational Seminar 2017 was held at Presbyterian Boy's Senior High School, Accra, which is one of top-level schools in Ghana, especially in filed of science. This seminar was 

participated by Hokkaido University, Kyoto University, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and Embassy of Japan in Ghana. The total of attendees was about 130 students, who listened the seminar with attention. We appreciate the support from Presbyterian Boy's Senior High School, Ghana Education Service, and all participants.

Study in Japan Fair 2016 at University of Nairobi, Kenya on 26th October

The programme for this fair was as follows:


     1.   9:00-12:30, The Joint Workshop

It was held for academic and administrative university staff in order to strengthen collaboration/partnership of universities between Kenya and Japan at Central Catering Unit [CCU].


2.    14:00- 17:00, The Seminar and Exposition on Study-in-Japan

It was held for students and general public at Edu 8.4.4. Multi-Purpose Hall.

The Japanese universities, namely Hokkaido University, International University of Japan, Nagasaki University, Nagoya University, Okayama University, and Toyo University came to explain the details of and opportunities at their universities. They held Individual Consultations for participants from 15:30. 

With the wonderful support from University of Nairobi, every participant university from Japan, and all scholars and students who participated in our fair, it was a great success!!! Total of participants was more than 500. We, Hokkaido University Africa Lusaka Office, appreciated all efforts from them.

cf: University of Nairobi HP



Japanese Language Class (Nov. 2016~)

We support the Japanese Language Class at University of Zambia.
If you have any interest in learning Japanese, please join us.
Level 1 starts on 22nd Nov. 13:00-
Every Friday 13:00-15:00 for 10 weeks. 1st & 2nd week will have classes on Tuesday and Friday.
Level 2 (Conversation class) starts on 24th Nov. 14:00-
Every Thursday 14:00-16:00 for 10 weeks.
Venue: Department of Literature and Languages Seminar Room, School of Education Building, 1st Floor
Fees: K150 for Students/ K400 for Others

Contact Information:
  - Department of Literature & Languages, Dr. Sande NGALANDE
                         0976134774 /
  - Hokkaido University Lusaka Office, Dr. Midori DAIMON
                         0963019815 /


Memorandum of Understanding with University of Pretoria, 29th August, 2016

(From the left) Prof. REDDY, Prof. YAMAGUCHI, Prof. HARTELL
(From the left) Prof. REDDY, Prof. YAMAGUCHI, Prof. HARTELL

The signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Hokkaido University (Hokudai) and University of Pretoria (UP) was held at Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria, in the Republic of South Africa. From Hokudai side, it was attended by the President, Prof. Keizo YAMAGUCHI, our Director, Prof. Masahiro OKUMURA and our Study Abroad Coordinators Mr. Satoshi NAKAMURA and Dr. Noriko NARISAWA. 


UP is one of the greatest universities in South Africa, which has 9 faculties and 1 business school, and more than 50,000 students including around 4,500 international students. Hokudai has established partnerships and collaborations with UP through researchers of Veterinary Medicine and Engineering. In March 2015, when Vice Chancellor of UP, Prof. Cheryl de la Rey visited Japan, she met with Vice President of Hokudai, Prof. Ichiro UEDA, and recognized the need for the two universities to develop the academic exchange agreement. In September 2015, a Study-in-Japan Fair in UP was held by our then office member, Associate Prof. Keiji YAMAGUCHI and current Lecturer, Mr. NAKAMURA as one of the activities under “Study-in-Japan Coordinator Project.” At the Fair, the two universities discussed opportunities for mutual studies and potential collaboration, which resulted into the conclusion of MOU. 

(From the left) Prof. YAMAGUCHI, Dr. NARISAWA, Mr. NAKAMURA, Prof. OKUMURA
(From the left) Prof. YAMAGUCHI, Dr. NARISAWA, Mr. NAKAMURA, Prof. OKUMURA

The ceremony was attended by the Director of Center for Japanese Studies, Prof. Cycil G. HRTELL, Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Vasu REDDY and Dean of Faculty of Education, Prof. Chika SEHOOLE from UP. Furthermore, the Minister-Counselor of Japanese Embassy in South Africa, Mr. Shuichiro KAWAGUCHI participated and gave complimentary remarks. There were almost twenty participants from Japan and South Africa. This MOU would promote and enhance academic exchange in education and other studies between the two universities.

Attendance at TICADⅥ, 28th August 2016

Our Director, Prof. OKUMURA, our Study Abroad Coordinators, Mr. NAKAMURA and Dr. NARISAWA attended the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICADⅥ), which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 27th and 28th August. Over 11,000 people participated in TICADⅥ, including the representatives of 53 African countries as well as international and regional organizations, the private sector, and NGOs. From Hokkaido University (Hokudai), adding to our director and study abroad coordinators, the President of Hokudai, Prof. Keizo YAMAGUCHI and the Director of Research Center for Zoonosis Control (CZC) of Hokudai, Prof. Yasuhiko SUZUKI also attended.


We made a poster which showed the activities of Hokudai in Africa and introduced our activities including ‘Study-in-Japan Coordinator Project’ to attendees of TICADⅥ. Prof. Takahiro MORIO from University of Tsukuba in Japan also presented the activities of his university and Japan-Africa Academic Network (JAAN). During the session of TICADⅥ, Prof. YAMAGUCHI made statements and presented the activities of Hokudai including the studies of infectious disease and the training of young African researchers as Zoonosis Control Experts at CZC.


In next TICAD what shall we show? Our effort in Africa will be continued…


Cf: Related Articles from Hokkaido University News No. 751 (in Japanese)

Research Center for Zoonosis Control (CZC) of Hokudai Website (in English)

2015-2016 Hokkaido University Guidebook


The latest edition of "Hokkaido University Guidebook 2015-2016" has been published and uploaded to the website below:


Hokkaido University Guidebook


The Hokkaido University Guidebook is an annual publication consisting of a compilation of facts and figures about Hokkaido University, including information on our organizational structure, facilities, faculties and academic offerings. It provides comprehensive information on better understanding of Hokkaido University.


Other publications on the activities of Hokkaido University have been uploaded onto the page of "LINKS" ⇒ Click here


Official Opening Ceremony of Japanese Language Course at University of Zambia

29th November, 2013


University of Zambia and Hokkaido University Lusaka Office held the official opening ceremony of the Japanese Language Course on 29th November, 2013 at the School of Veterinary Medicine Main Lecture Theatre. The ceremony was carried out successfully with warm atmosphere in collaboration between Zambia and Japan under the theme: "Exchanging Cultural Experiences for Our Better Tomorrow".

This significant event was attended by the Vice Chancellor of University of Zambia, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, the Ambassador of Japan to Zambia, the Director of Hokkaido University Lusaka Office, and the General Manager of Toshiba Corporation Johannesburg Representative Office.

The teaching of Japanese Language is held in the School of Veterinary Medicine seminar room which is next to our office. This course is an extension course which can be taken by not only students and staff of the University of Zambia but also persons outside of the University.

Furthermore, it was announced that the Senate of the University of Zambia has just approved a first year course of Japanese language called "Introductory Japanese Grammar" as an elective course that can be taken by any of the students especially those that are in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and in the School of Education. This formal launch of Japanese education at the University of Zambia could be the first of it's kind in the history of Zambia and even in southern Africa.

At the ceremony, we had great opportunities including an official handover of training and learning equipment donated by Toshiba Corporation, and presentation of a short movie introducing Hokkaido University. There were also Zambian traditional dance performance by Munali Girls Secondary School, and Japanese traditional dance performance called "Soran Bushi" by Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers from JICA whose members introduced themselves in Zambian local languages individually. These interesting, colorful and energetic performances brought excitement and joy to the audience at the venue.


Further information on this event can be accessed on the following website of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Zambia;

Japanese Language Course

21st October, 2013

University of Zambia in conjunction with Hokkaido University Lusaka Office has established a Japnese Language Course for beginners. The course is supported by Embassy of Japan in Zambia and Toshiba Corporation.

The course is going to start on 5th November at a seminar room next to our office in School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia.

If you are interested in taking this course, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Poster - UNZA Japanese Language Course 10/2013
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Flyer - UNZA Japanese Language Course 10/2013
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TICADV in Yokohama

3rd June, 2013


The fifth meeting of The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICADV) was held in Yokohama on 1st to 3rd June and marks the 20th anniversary of the TICAD process.

The Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, said, “Over the next five years, Japan will support African growth through public and private means of 3.2 trillion yen (approximately $32 billion), including ODA of around 1.4 trillion yen and other public and private resources of around 16 billion dollars.”

Announcing the Africa Business Education (ABE) Initiative for the youth as part of human resource development, Abe said, “We will offer undergraduate and graduate education to young people from Africa who come to study in Japan, and in addition we will simultaneously provide opportunities to work as interns at Japanese companies. This will be at a scale of 1,000 students over five years.”


Conclusions of Agreements with Copperbelt University

6th February, 2013


Hokkaido University concluded the agreement with Copperbelt University to promote educational and academic exchange and cooperation at Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia.

Under the Academic Exchange Agreement, the two universities have also concluded the Memorandum of Understanding on Student Exchange. These are the first conclusions of the agreements achieved through the Hokkaido University Lusaka Office’s support and facilitation since the office was established.


Lusaka Office Opening Ceremony

28th August, 2012


Hokkaido University and University of Zambia have honorably launched the overseas office of Hokkaido University in Lusaka, the capital city of Republic of Zambia in 2012. The office is located at the center of excellence of science and technology in Africa, University of Zambia on the basis of a long lasting successful relationship between the two universities.

The two universities held a celebration party for this new monumental landmark for their collaboration at TajPamodzi Hotel Lusaka on 27th August, 2012 and its official opening ceremony at SamoraMachel School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia on the following day, 28th August. As Hokkaido University expands its activities for constructing the global network of knowledge, the regional office in Lusaka will disseminate the information of its scientific activities to higher educational institutes in the region of Africa for its publicity.

Our office aims to provide necessary information and support for African students and researchers who wish to study in Hokkaido, Japan, and encourage research collaboration between Hokkaido University and African institutions.