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


On September 5th 2012, His Excellency Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, was invited as a guest of honour, at the Graduation Ceremony for Veterinary Medicine students at the University of Zambia (UNZA). The number of graduates was 32, comprising 14 women, 18 men and including three graduates from Namibia. Over the years, Japan has been cooperating with the School of Veterinary Medicine in many aspects.

The cooperation between Japan and the School of Veterinary Medicine dates back to 30 years ago, when Japan provided Grant Aid for the construction and furnishing of the current buildings in which the School is housed, as well as student hostels. Since then, Japan has been cooperating with the School in the areas of knowledge and technology transfer by dispatching experts and professors and providing of scholarship for postgraduate study at Japanese universities. The School of Veterinary Medicine has developed into the core research centre in Southern Africa and has accepted many students from neighboring countries.

The graduation ceremony was attended by more than 300 University students, professors and Zambian Government officials. The importance of livestock industry promotion and a vision for the future were expressed by a representative of the graduates. In his speech at the Ceremony, UNZA Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stephen Simukanga expressed deep appreciation to Japan for its assistance to the School of Veterinary Medicine. He also expressed his hope to deepen the relationship between Zambia and Japan. It is hoped that the University will further contribute to the improvement in animal health technology in Zambia and to the education of people who support the social and economic development of Zambia.


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


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