Embassy of Japan invites UNZA and Hokkaido University

to Further Strengthen Mutual Cooporation


On September 9, the Embassy of Japan organised a gathering inviting staff members and professors from University of Zambia (UNZA) including Dr. W. Mwenya, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dr. K. Choongo, Acting Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine and the delegation from Hokkaido University at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence. In March this year, UNZA and Hokkaido University concluded Inter-University Exchange Agreement and as a follow-up a delegation from Hokkaido University visited UNZA this month to explore further opportunity to enhcance mutual cooporation between the two universities.

Japan has strong ties with UNZA and the relationship between Japan and School of Veterinary Medicine is particularly outstanding. The current buildings of the school were built by Grant Aid from the Government of Japan in 1983 and since then active personnel and academic exchange programms have been taking place. In 2007 the Hokkaido Univesity Center for Zoonosis Control in Zambia was established in the premises of UNZA and is currently promoting research and education in Zambia and surrounding countries.

During the function at the Ambassador's Residence, participants actively exchanged views on how to promote further mutual cooporation. It is hoped that academic exchange exercises between Japan and Africa will be further enhanced as Japanese universities expand their activities abroad.

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