Launch ceremony for the Ankara Office of Kyushu University was held in Ankara, the Capital of Turkey, on 21st June. Kyushu University was selected as the implementing university of “Study in Japan Global Network Project in the Middle East and North Africa Region” (J-MENA in short) and the Ankara Office was established for the promotion of the J-MENA project. Two Japanese “Study in Japan” Coordinators are stationed in the new office to disseminate various information on Japanese universities and study and life in Japan. They will also visit high schools and universities, and exhibit at study fairs in the region.
The ceremony started with opening remarks by President Kubo, followed by a congratulatory address by Akio Miyajima, the Japanese ambassador to Turkey and a brief introduction of the J-MENA project by Prof. Watanabe, vice president of Kyushu University. Representatives from the University of Tokyo and Niigata University, collaborators on this initiatives, also gave a brief introduction about their universities. Japanese Student Service Organization (JASSO) explained their service for Study in Japan including scholarship programs.
Turkish participants from Ministry of National Education, universities and higher education institutions attended the ceremony to celebrate the establishment of the new office, and expressed their expectations to the office and the J-MENA project.
J-MENA project is funded by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan and will be implemented until FY2022.