Varsity Students to Represent Africa in a Global Exchange Programme in Japan

Three students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) will represent the African continent in a cultural interaction and exchange programme at Yamagata University Corporation in Japan in July 2013.

This was disclosed by Kiyoshi Yaguchi, the Director of Social Cooperation, International Exchange, Libraries and ICT Planning Division when he paid a courtesy call to the University, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

From Left Dr Kiplimo, Prof Odhiambo, Mr Yaguchi and Joan

Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, speaking during the meeting when he hosted Mr. Kiyoshi Yaguchi, thanked Yamagata University for selecting JKUAT students to be part of a group of 30 students drawn from around the world representing Indonesia, China, Japan, Kenya, Vietnam, Peru among others who will visit Japan for an international cultural exchange programme at Yamagata University from July 31st to August 10th, 2013.

Prof Odhiambo lauded the existing exchange programme between JKUAT and Yamagata University in the areas of Agriculture and further underscored the University’s desire to “see more fields of study such as engineering, medicine among others being incorporated in the exchange programme.”

Prof Odhiambo, Mr Yaguchi and Joan during the meeting

Mr. Kiyoshi Yaguchi said, “the exchange programme will enable the participating students to learn Japanese language and culture and interact with people from diverse cultures across the world with the objective of enhancing positive humanism and influence.”

During the meeting they were both unanimous in their aspiration to sustain the bilateral ties and engagement between JKUAT and Yamagata University and the need for the two institutions to work towards increasing the number of students and staff participating in the exchange programme.

The Director’s visit to JKUAT is also meant to explore the modalities of the cultural exchange programme ahead of the Japanese students and staff   from Yamagata University’s visit to JKUAT in August / September 2013.

Present during the meeting was Dr. Robert Kiplimo from JKUAT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Joan Kiplimo, Japanese Language Tutor and Interpreter.

-Detailed coverage of the exchange programme will be published in the Agritech News Magazine, June Issue.

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