Okayama University Representatives Pay Courtesy Visit to Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and National Institute of Education in Cambodia
On June 7, Okayama University Vice President for International Affairs SUZUKI Takayoshi, Associate Professor INAMORI Takao from the Institute of Global Human Resource Development, and Study in Japan Coordinator NII Yusuke paid courtesy visits to the Higher Education Department at the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport as well as the National Institute of Education.
At the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the delegation met with Deputy Director General for Higher Education Dr. NITH Bunlay. Representatives from Okayama University introduced Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN and its newly opened Phnom Penh Office, and sought the feasibility of cooperation in holding Study in Japan seminars and relevant events in Cambodia. Dr. NITH Bunlay recognized the importance of the Phnom Penh Office and expressed his willingness to cooperate in building a local network. Furthermore, they also discussed the possibility of concluding a partnership agreement in the near future.
Then, at the National Institute of Education, the delegation met with President H.E. Dr. SIENG Sovanna and other representatives from the institute to introduce the Phnom Penh Office and discuss opportunities for future cooperation. Okayama University has had a long-standing cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Education since February 2008. In addition, H.E. Dr. SIENG Sovanna, who has studied in the doctoral program at Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology at Okayama University from 2007 to 2010, has been very supportive of the activities of Okayama University and this project, including Okayama University International Alumni Association (OUIAA) and has established a friendly relationship between the two universities.
The catalyst for these visits was the opening ceremony held for the Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN Regional Office, Phnom Penh Office on June 6. Other notable visits include a meeting with Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport H.E. Dr. SANN Vathana, where Okayama University representatives requested increased cooperation between Japan and Cambodia. It is hoped that these visits will result in strengthened collaborative efforts between the Phnom Penh Office, universities and educational institutions in Cambodia, and OUIAA to promote study in Japan.
Deputy Director General for Higher Education Dr. NITH Bunlay (left) and Vice President Suzuki *masks were only removed during the photoshoot
Meeting with Representatives from the National Institute of Education
What is “Study in Japan Global Network Project (ASEAN)”?
Okayama University was tasked by MEXT to increase the number of international students from ASEAN 1.5 times in five years.