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Malaysia

28Jun2022

Study in Japan Seminar Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Malaysia’s Look East Policy

The year 2022 marks the 40th anniversary since the Malaysian government adopted the Look East Policy (LEP), which aims to promote Malaysia's socioeconomic development by enabling young Malaysians to learn the secrets of Japan’s successful development. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary, Okayama University held an online seminar called “Let’s Ask Seniors!” in cooperation with the Alumni Look East Policy Society (ALEPS), the Malaysian Branch of Okayama University International Alumni Association (OUIAA) and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Malaysian Office. The seminar also forms part of the activities led by the Study in Japan Global Network Project (Southeast Asia) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The seminar provided a wide range of information on studying in Japan to young Malaysians hoping to study abroad in the future. During the seminar, participants had the opportunity to hear from alumni of Japan who have made significant contribution to the development of Malaysia and Japan, Okayama University faculty members with abundant study abroad experiences, and Malaysian students currently studying at Okayama University. First, Okayama University Vice President for International Affairs SUZUKI Takayoshi and ALEPS President Zulfiqar Zainuddin opened the seminar with remarks on the historical development of study abroad opportunities for Malaysian students in Japan and their expectations for the future, followed by OUIAA Malaysia Branch President Azri Zainal Abdin, who spoke about his own positive experiences studying in Okayama. Then, the Discovery Program for Global Learners Associate Professor USHIDA Eiko elaborated on the benefits of studying in Japan in general and Okayama University in particular. Next, four Malaysian students currently enrolled in Okayama University introduced the student life in Okayama and shared practical information for living in Japan, such as how to find halaal food. They were followed by alumnus of Japan Shamsul Haq bin Md Noh, who shared his career experiences working in both Japanese and Malaysian companies, giving participants an idea of possible career opportunities after completing a study abroad program in Japan. Finally, JASSO Malaysian Office Raymond Tan provided information for Malaysian students who want to study in Japan. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Japan has 2,000 and 3,000 Malaysian students every year (including Malaysian government-sponsored students). The Study in Japan Global Network Project (Southeast Asia) is committed to assisting students who wish to study in Japan, and aims to support the education and training of young people willing to contribute to the development of both countries.

Cambodia

28Jun2022

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.

Cambodia

17Jun2022

Okayama University Opened Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN Regional Office, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

As part of its initiatives under the Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN, Okayama University opened a Phnom Penh office at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), located in the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) campus on 1st March 2022. On 6th June, Okayama University held an opening ceremony and a total of 33 representatives from 15 Cambodian governmental and educational institutions attended, including Counselor KUBO Tomoko from the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia, Rector CHET Chealy from RUPP, and Director KHIM Leang from CJCC. Additionally, Okayama University representatives, Vice President for International Affairs SUZUKI Takayoshi and Associate Professor INAMORI Takao from the Institute of Global Human Resource Development were in attendance, while representatives from SixERS (Chiba University, Niigata University, Kanazawa University, Nagasaki University, and Kumamoto University), which is a partner institution of this project, joined online.   In her congratulatory address, Counselor KUBO Tomoko expressed her expectations for the office, saying, “The support provided by the Phnom Penh Office will help many Cambodian students who wish to study in Japan to realize their dreams. The Embassy will work closely with the Phnom Penh Office to provide them with the necessary support”. Then, RUPP Rector CHET Chealy, who has personal experience studying in Japan, expressed his desire to cooperate with the office, saying, "We would like to extend every possible support so that the Phnom Penh Office can carry out its mission smoothly. We believe that promoting studying in Japan opportunities will not only help students acquire the relevant knowledge but also strengthen the friendship between Cambodia and Japan.” In the afternoon on the same day, Okayama University held a Study in Japan Seminar jointly with SixERS partner universities in a hybrid style that includes face-to-face and online. A total of 154 participants including prospective students joined the seminar, and it became a perfect opportunity to commemorate the opening of the Phnom Penh Office. At the seminar, Cambodian students currently studying in Japan and faculty members from each partner university took the stage to introduce their respective universities and elaborate on the appeal of studying in Japan. Representing Okayama University, Vice President Suzuki introduced the university and gave a mock lecture, while Study in Japan Coordinator NII Yusuke introduced the Phnom Penh Office and the project. The Phnom Penh Office is committed to cooperating with universities, educational institutions, and alumni associations to support Cambodian students who wish to study in Japan. Related content from the local media: The Phnom Penh Post https://m.phnompenhpost.com/national/study-japan-global-network-project-opens-office-rupp?fbclid=IwAR3uvTZRrZ1WQOoc-uWLxHQKE_7dWCeP6JmAaXtI_ppJkI_Tdseyue0DOsM

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