HE Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan congratulates
Graduating Veterinary Medicine Students at the University of Zambia


  On 17th August, 2011 His Excellency Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, participated as Guest of Honour, in the Veterinary Oath and Prize-giving Ceremony conducted for graduating Veterinary Medicine students at the University of Zambia in Lusaka. The ceremony involved a total of 29 students comprising 12 female and 17 male. Every year, the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia is invited to officiate at this Ceremony because over the years Japan has been cooperating with the School of Veterinary Medicine in many aspects of Veterinary education.

  The cooperation between Japan and the School of Veterinary Medicine dates back to 1983 when Japan provided Grant Aid for the construction and furnishing of the current buildings, in which the school is housed, as well as blocks of student hostels. Since then, Japan has continued to cooperate with the School in the areas of transfer of knowledge and technology through dispatch of experts and professors, provision of equipment and admission of trainees at Japanese universities for postgraduate training at both Masters and Doctorate levels. Some of the doctoral graduates have returned to Japan to undertake post-doctoral research in collaboration with Japanese professors. Also, Japanese Government has been accepted many scholarship students from the School to contribute to lifting the academic profile higher. A specific case of collaboration relates to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Hokkaido University which has continued to facilitate staff and student exchange programmes with the University of Zambia, School of Veterinary Medicine even without the direct involvement of the Government of Japan.   

It is in view of such background that, in his speech at the Ceremony, University of Zambia Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr. Wilson Mwenya expressed deep appreciation to the Government of Japan for the assistance which Japan has been rendering to the School of Medicine so far.

  The ceremony was attended by more than 300 students, professors and officials from both the University of Zambia and the Zambian Government. The magnitude of attendance reflected the hope of the people of Zambia in the dreams and visions for the future represented by the graduating students. In the future, the university is expected to continue contributing effectively to the social and economic development of Zambia through improved animal health technology.

  To read the speech made by Ambassador Egawa at this ceremony, please click here.