The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) has had a memorandum of understanding with Stellenbosch University (SU) since July 2020. This MOU facilitates student and staff mobility between South Africa and Japan. Recently, between September 1-2, a representative from TUFS, Dr Chihiro KUMASHIRO visited SU. She used the visit to present on IAfP (Innovative Africa: Educational Networking Programs for Human Resource Development in Africa’s SDGs). More than 40 SU students attended this briefing and got an opportunity to ask questions about how they can do a semester abroad at TUFS.
The purpose of IAfP is to provide interdisciplinary curricula and create an academic and social platform where Japanese and African students can acquire training and come up with social innovations via fieldwork in Africa and internships in Japan and Africa. Chihiro’s briefing was entitled: “IAfP Briefing at Stellenbosch University: Study in JAPAN at TUFS”. Chihiro said TUFS is excited in beginning to exchange students and to build stronger relationships between Stellenbosch University and TUFS.
Chihiro also experienced the SU library, dormitories, the Stellenbosch University Japan Centre, and engaged with several academics at the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
“Thank you very much for your kind and strong support and arrangements while I was with you at Stellenbosch University. Thanks to you, it was such a fruitful visit with meetings with the deans, campus tours, dinner, IAfP briefing and Sake Seminar reunion and so on. I really enjoyed myself being with you and deeply appreciate your warm welcome,” she said in reflection of her trip to Stellenbosch University once she returned to Japan.