Director for Sustainable Development Studies at Toyo University, Dr Hidetoshi Kitawaki shows the scholarship booklet.
A delegation from Japan’s Toyo University visited The University of the South Pacific (USP) on 14 February 2017, to discuss possible collaborations and scholarship opportunities for USP students.
Toyo University, which was founded in 1887, is a private university located in Tokyo City, with 11 faculties, 44 departments and around 30,000 students.
The delegation was led by Dr Hidetoshi Kitawaki, Director for Sustainable Development Studies who was accompanied by Mr Akira Kaneko, Visiting Researcher and Dr Gaku Manago, Associate Researcher.
The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies is one of Toyo University’s research centres which focuses on Sustainable Development Goals and is active in Asia, Africa and, prospectively, in Pacific Island Countries.
The aims of their visit were to discuss future collaborations with USP, contact relevant resource persons in USP, and support the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State Programmes.
A major purpose of their visit was to discuss scholarship opportunities for university students. Dr Kitawaki talked about the Toyo Top Global Scholarship A. Toyo University, from this year, has established a scholarship programme for undergraduate studies.
“A total of sixty (60) scholarship recipients from across the world will have access to an elite education free from financial burdens,” Dr Kitawaki said.
He added that scholarship recipients will receive waivers for full tuition and all associated fees, plus living expenses and housing allowances for four years of their studies at Toyo University.
According to Dr Kitawaki, from this year Toyo University has established a new department dedicated to teaching English Studies and for this, the university would like to gather a good number of foreign students who will be able to assist the lecturers in delivering English studies, hence the creation of scholarship opportunities.
Dr Kitawaki said that the centre organises an annual international symposium, where principal representatives from relevant industries in different countries attend as guest speakers.
“From last year we started to invite scholars, Vice-Chancellors and academics from various universities so that we can have collaborations with their institutions,” Dr Kitawaki noted.
This year the Director plans to invite a keynote speaker from USP and as such brought an offer of invitation as part of their visit to the University.
Dr Kitawaki also proposed to invite one other academic from USP who will work with Toyo University for around two (2) weeks to do joint research work in Japan.
Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) welcomed the collaborative ideas on a positive note.
In acknowledging Toyo University’s long existence, Professor Armstrong informed the visitors that USP will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018, which, he added, will be a milestone on its own.
Professor Armstrong told the Japanese delegation that USP has fourteen (14) campuses, three (3) of which are based in Fiji while the rest are spread across the Pacific region.
Talking about teaching modes at USP, Professor Armstrong said that a significant number of students undertake flexible methods of learning.
The team from Toyo University shared some of the publications with Professor Armstrong and also met some Japanese professors during their visit to the Laucala Campus.
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