As the Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE) started as an operation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) this academic year, the university has accepted four international students (two in Earth Resources and two in Civil Engineering) as research students of the Faculty of Engineering starting in October 2011. This is the first time Afghan students have been admitted to the university.
Afghanistan has been suffering a serious lack in human resources caused by a prolonged civil war, which has presented a great challenge to “post-conflict reconstruction” led by the Afghan government.
The PEACE project is part of the Japanese government’s project to strengthen support for Afghanistan, and Afghan students have been accepted through JICA in accordance with the commitment made by both governments. Up to 500 Afghan administrative officials in the areas of engineering and agriculture are to be accepted and trained over the next five years.
One of the students, Salehi Ratib, showed his enthusiasm for learning at the university, saying, “I am pleased to be here at Kyushu University, which I have been anxiously waiting for. I want to study hard so that I can help promote the development of our country.”
The students, who will have come to understand Japan well through the project, are expected to play a vital role in helping resolve the challenges for development facing the country, as well as in contributing to the promotion of friendly relations between the two nations.
At the reception: four students from Afghanistan, Kotoku Kurachi, Trustee (Vice President) (third from right), and Professor Watanabe of the Faculty of Engineering (third from left), who is in charge of accepting the international students