“The first IAfP Africa-Japan University education exchange Meeting”


Innovative Africa: Educational Networking Programs for Human Resource Development in Africa’s SDGs will hold “The First IAfP Africa-Japan University Education Exchange Meeting.” This meeting is held once a year to exchange educational knowledge between African universities and Japanese universities. This meeting aims to strengthen exchanges and deepen understanding between Africa and Japan by sharing information on the current state of education and interactions. Additionally, the first meeting has been organized to share information on human resource development programs from scholarship foundations.

Date and Time: Friday, 11 March, 16:30–19:00, JST (GMT+9)

Language: English

Venue: Online conference

Participants: Faculty members and staff of Japanese and African Universities in charge of international exchanges, and persons responsible for international scholarship

Resistration: https://forms.gle/HMKMNFqxxDPp3DhH6

Poster: PDF file (1.5MB)



TimeChair: Dr. Fumitaka Wakamatsu, Program-Specific Lecturer, the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies
16:30 – 16:40Opening address
  • Prof. Takao Hirajima, Vice President of Kyoto University
  • Prof. Jun Matsukuma, Vice President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
16:40 – 16:55Greetings from guests of honor
  • His Excellency Mr. Ernest Rwamucyo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Ms. Orie Kishimoto, Leader of the Higher Education International Strategy Project Team, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
16:55 – 17:10Introduction of the IAfP and the Japan-African University Meeting
  • Prof. Motoki Takahashi, Director, the Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
17:10 – 17:55Student exchange and human resource development between Africa and Japan through scholarships and study abroad programs
  • Ms. Ai Tokumatsu, Department of African Affairs – Manager, Global Initiative, Ashinaga Foundation
  • Mr. Yuki Kajihara, General Affairs Department Social Contribution Group, Manager Toyota Tsusho Corporation
  • Mr. Hikaru Kusakabe, Associate Professor, Study Abroad Coordinator, Hokkaido University, Africa Office in Lusaka
17:55 – 18:55Introductions of African Universities and Japanese Universities
  • Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi, Professor, Director, African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Prof. Getaneh Mehari Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University
  • Ms. Sarah van der Westhuizen, Manager, Center for Global Engagement, Stellenbosch University International
18:55 – 19:00Closing remarks
Masayoshi Shigeta, Dean, the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies


Co-hosted by Kyoto University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies