Japanese Ambassador to Cairo: The number of Japanese students in Egypt exceeds the Middle East

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Dr. Mohamed Diaa Zein El Abidin, President of Ain Shams University, received Oka Hiroshi, Ambassador of the State of Japan to Cairo, Toshifumi Itoh, Cultural Advisor at the Japanese Embassy, ​​in the presence of Salwa Rashad, Dean of the Faculty of Al-Alsun and Supervisor of the Japanese Language Department, Shahira Samir, Executive Director of the International Relations and Academic Cooperation Sector, and Mohamed Abdel Rahman Ashiba.

The teacher and general coordinator in the Japanese Language Department, Yasmine Al-Abhar, a teacher in the Japanese Language Department, Hebat Allah Abu Bakr, a teacher in the Japanese Language Department.

The Japanese ambassador affirmed his happiness with the presence of a Japanese language department at Ain Shams University, which produces distinguished cadres working in various areas inside and outside Egypt and in Japan.

He expressed his admiration for the large number of Japanese language students in Egypt, as the number of students has now reached about 3,000, and this number exceeds the number of students.

There are more students studying the Japanese language in Middle Eastern countries, and more in all African countries combined.

The Japanese ambassador indicated that the embassy will hold a farewell ceremony for 10 Egyptian students and researchers in the postgraduate stage for obtaining the MEXT scholarship provided by the Japanese government, including two students from Ain Shams University, stressing that the scholarships provided by the Japanese government aim to obtain academic degrees, especially at the postgraduate levels.

(Master’s and PhD) in all specializations. As for the post-doctoral stage or the levels of research and academic exchange for faculty members and researchers, there is the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), which plays an important role in providing grants for researchers to continue post-doctoral research in Japan.

The ambassador stressed that Japanese scholarships are not limited only to studying the Japanese language, Japanese literature, and other humanities, but there are also scholarships offered in the fields of medical and engineering scientific research and others.

He pointed out that the scholarships offered by Japan include studying medical, engineering, and other sciences in English in postgraduate studies, with the aim of encouraging more scientific research students in Egyptian universities to apply for Japanese study scholarships.

The Japanese ambassador pointed out that the level of relations between Egypt and Japan had been raised to the level of “strategic partnership” after the important visit of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Egypt last year and his meeting with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic.
For his part, Dr. Mohamed Diaa Zein Al-Abidin, President of the University, stressed the importance of working to visit the number of researchers and students from Ain Shams University to travel to study and continue scientific research in Japan, due to Japan’s distinguished scientific and technological progress.

He also touched on the projects that the university is carrying out in Currently, most notably the development of the central university library and the laboratories of the College of Science.

He stressed that Japan, for example, is one of the best countries in dental surgery research and techniques, as he is a former dean of the university’s College of Dentistry and a professor of dental surgery.

Pointing out the existence of cultural and civilizational commonalities between the two countries, which enjoy a long history, he also praised the strength of the relations between the two countries.

Salwa Rashad, Dean of the Faculty of Al-Alsun, indicated that the JLPT test was held in December 2023 in the entire Faculty of Al-Alsun and with great success for the third time in a row, as it is one of the successful forms of cooperation between Ain Shams University and the Japanese side.

Rashad also referred to her recent visit to Japan at the invitation of the Japan Foundation, during which she visited a number of prestigious Japanese universities and distinguished research and educational centers.

She stressed the importance of working to establish some agreements between the Faculty of Al-Alsun and Japanese companies – especially those located in Egypt – to train students and graduates of the department in order to hone their skills and qualify them for the labor market, and to also be an opportunity for these Japanese companies to get to know the graduates of the Japanese Language Department to attract them in the future, as well as the distinction of the Japanese Language Department at the College. Al-Alsun and the progress it has achieved with a number of its children obtaining doctoral degrees, which contributes to the strengthening and independence of the department.

Shahira Samir, Executive Director of the International Relations and Academic Cooperation Sector, reviewed Ain Shams University’s reception of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at Ain Shams University, where it was held in both the Faculties of Al-Alsun and the Faculties of Medicine during the years 2021 and 2022 with success due to the high readiness of the examination halls located at the university.

She pointed out that there are a number of researchers and students from Ain Shams University who are currently studying in Japan. Pointing out the Japanese government’s gift to Ain Shams University of 157 books in the English language, all of which are books related to all aspects of Japanese society and scientific research in Japan, with the aim of strengthening cultural and scientific relations between the two countries.

A ceremony will be held to receive these books, and a session will also be arranged to introduce the faculty members. And the supporting staff and students at Ain Shams University with Japanese scholarships.

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