Staff and students have concluded a two-week long language training geared to improve Japanese proficiency especially for those who will undertake exchange programmes in Japan.
The training conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in collaboration with Africa-ai-Japan saw a cohort of 44 JKUAT staff and students acquire skills in basic Japanese language for life.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the training, JICE Vice President, Ms. Masako Kishimoto said, JICE was committed to contributing to the development of the global society through activities that will lead to strengthening mutually beneficial relationships between Japan and other nations.
“JICE in addition to its language training, is determined to further promote international cooperation and exchanges for human resource development through the African Business Education (ABE) Initiative for Youth,” said Ms. Kishimoto.
She also applauded the 44 students for their passion and enthusiasm towards the Japanese language and was impressed at how much they had learned in a span of two weeks.
“I’m happy to see you introduce yourselves, describe where you come from and write your names in Katana,” noted Ms. Kishimoto.
Reiterating the importance of cultural exchange between different countries and strengthening Academia-Institution relations, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, lauded JICE for the two-week Japanese Language Course.
“I’m delighted you chose JKUAT for the programme and I’m certain that this will provide a framework to share our cultures and enhance cooperation in technical and educational support,” said Prof. Odhiambo.
He also encouraged the training participants to hone their skills further making sure what they have learned in the two weeks did not go to waste.
Dean, School of Business, Dr. Margaret Oloko, appreciated the JICE team for training JKUAT staff and students and congratulated the participants of the training for their commitment during the training.
“I’m proud of these participants for their sacrifice in order to complete the training,” said the dean.
Hope Mworia, one of the training beneficiaries said, apart from impressing a few people around me, the training will help her to establish deep connections and cross-cultural understanding.
“Learning a foreign language and getting soaked into an entirely new culture and world view is the surest way to become an open-minded, understanding individual and that is absolutely priceless,” said Mworia.
Those who attended the meeting included: Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Dean, School of Communication Development Studies, Dr. Hellen Mberia, Prof. Manabu Tsunoda of Africa-ai-Japan, Director, Performance Contracting and Appraisal, Prof. John Wesonga and Chair, Center of Languages and Linguistics, Mr. Edward Miringu.