South Africa-Japan Academic and Student Exchange Fair at the University of Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa Held on 17th-18th September 2018
October 31, 2018
"South Africa-Japan Academic and Student Exchange Fair" was held with the aim of attracting students to study in Japan. Hokkaido University co-organized with the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, University of the Western Cape, and Cape Peninsula University of Technology located in the Western Cape Province, Republic of South Africa on Tuesday, 18th September 2018.
About 140 participants gathered to attend the fair. The overview of studying in Japan, and the scholarship programs of the Japanese government were explained.
Hokkaido University, International University of Japan, Kyoto University, Nagasaki University, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Rikkyo University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Toyo University and University of Tsukuba participated from Japan, and introduced their study programs.
After the seminar, participaing universities from Japan, Office of Counsul of Japan in Cape Town, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Ashinaga Uganda provided brief study consultation. In addition, 20 participating universities/institution's brochures were displayed and distributed.
Participants from Japan also visited Bishops Diocesan College, one of the high ranked high schools in the city of Cape Town, and were able to provide information on studying in Japan to a teacher in charge of career guidance.
Prior to the fair, on 17th (Monday), academic exchange workshop was held inviting professors and reseachers from 4 universities in the Western Cape. The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, JSPS Nairobi Research Station, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) South Africa Office and Office of Consul of Japan in Cape Town introduced the outline of their research support programs and presented the achievements and future prospects of science and technology cooperation between the two countries. Subsequently, all participants from Japan introduced some more details of their research. According to mutual interests, 66 participants from both countries exchanged their opinion toward future academic collaboration.
Hokkaido University Africa Office in Lusaka will continue to promote academic and student exchange between Japan and sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with universities, educational institutions, governments and private organizations.
The next "Academic and Student Exchange Fair" will be held at Makerere University (Kampala City, the Republic of Uganda) on 6th (Wed.) - 7th (Thu.) February 2019.