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A Visit from Korean National Open University (KNOU)

On June 22nd, led by Prof. Lee Kyung Soo, nineteen students and graduates of KNOU visited the headquarters of OUJ. All of the visitors are the members of the Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Association, where Prof. Lee acts as a mentor. The association have been keeping a good relationship with Korean Language Association of OUJ Kanagawa Study Center for years.

After their arrival, the party received the guidance of the outline of OUJ, followed by the facility tour of the library, the master control room and the studio.

In the exchange meeting with OUJ faculty and staff, Vice President Iwanaga made the opening address and all the members of KNOU have introduced themselves in Japanese afterwards. The performance of a violin, a harmonica and a clarinet by the KNOU visitors and an OUJ student was also given to the audience.

Continuing on, Prof. Lee have made a presentation on the outline of KNOU, which was followed by the speech made by Ms. Nam Eun Hee on how hard she had pursued her study about Japanese language and culture at KNOU. She continued that at first she happened to start studying Japanese just as a hobby when turning sixty and now, she is still working hard to volunteer for Japanese people who wish to learn Korean using her Japanese skill.

At the exchange meeting, President Kisugi and Vice President Ikeda joined and had friendly conversations with KNOU members in a harmonious atmosphere.

On the following day, they visited OUJ Kanagawa Study Center and participated in exchange events and spent a fruitful time with OUJ students.

Hope this visit to OUJ was a good experience for them, and the friendly relationship between the two universities will continue in future.

Delegation from Federal University of Mato Grosso in Brazil

On April 6th 2018, the delegation consisting of five researchers of Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), accompanied with Prof. Onuki of Tokai University, visited OUJ for exchanging views on future collaborations between UFMT and OUJ.

UFMT is a federal university established in 1970 in Cuiabá, Brazil. It’s been developing the teacher training courses through distance education system domestically, and from 2009 to 2013, the university conducted the “Bachelor of Education Licensing Course for Brazilianes in Japan, jointly with Tokai University. Furthermore, an online course to learn multicultural education being open to three languages, Portuguese, English and Japanese, was launched from this April as a collaborative project of which Prof. Inamura and Prof. Nara of OUJ are the members.

In the morning, the introduction of OUJ was presented by Mr. Jin, Head of International Affairs Section, followed by information exchange between the two institutions, with various questions from the delegation with regard to OUJ’s learning system, students’ trend at OUJ like their occupations, age distribution and so forth.

Afterwards President Kisugi welcomed the delegation at luncheon meeting where the conversation was lively made around the table. The delegation then headed for the facility tour of Chiba Study Center, TV Studio and Master Control Room, showing great interest particularly to the equipment in the TV studio and sub control room and taking a lot of photos.

At the overall meeting, Prof. Anjos introduced UFMT to President Kisugi and Vice President Iwanaga and the possibilities on how the two institutions would be able to collaborate in the future were discussed.

Making this visit as a start, it is highly expected that the two universities would build friendship from now ahead.

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