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2017/04/28(Fri) 11:15
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A springtime exchange courtesy of the Tohoku University Cross-Cultural Program with Russia

Between March 11 and 24, fifteen students from Tohoku University enjoyed the hospitality of Novosibirsk State University, where the Institute of Humanities treated their guests to a mixture of cultural and educational activities which helped to deepen the students’ appreciation of Russia, its culture and people. Among the varied educational activities prepared for the students were lessons in the Russian language and Russian culture, as well as a visit to the research institutes at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The academic side of the trip was complemented by a chance to attend ballet, interact with Russian students at the university dormitories, and to enjoy the company of students of Japanese at the Siberia-Hokkaido Cultural Center.

Students at Novosibirsk State University were delighted to join in the activities for the duration of the program, taking every opportunity to support students from our university. A notable characteristic of the program is that student exchange between Russia and Japan is afforded a great deal of importance, with ample time set aside for cooperative project work as part of a collaborative environment.

This exciting opportunity for first and second year students of Tohoku University to sample the delights of Russia was the result of a cooperative educational program called the Tohoku University Cross-Cultural Program with Russia (TUCPR), part of the Re-Inventing Japan Project which is funded by the Japanese government. It follows a first exchange with Novosibirsk State University held in January 2015 and another in March 2016, this time with Moscow State University. The remaining participants are Far Eastern Federal University, the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the aforementioned Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The participating students enjoyed experiences not possible at home and through these gained a broader knowledge of Russia, learned the significance and importance of Japan-Russia relations, and developed a mutual understanding of their fellow students who are likewise responsible for the future prospects of both countries.

Visiting the Novosibirsk Rail Bridge

A farewell to friends at the closing ceremony

A visit from Novosibirsk State University (NSU) Institute for Humanities Staff and Students

Tohoku University Executive Vice President Toshiya Ueki received a courtesy visit from NSU Institute for Humanities Professor Elena Voytishek and five researchers and graduate students from the Institute on February 10, 2017. The group was in Sendai to attend the “Asian Studies at NSU and TU Ⅱ” workshop jointly organized by TU and NSU, and made use of the opportunity to visit EVP Ueki as well.

Professor Hiroki Oka, Director of the Tohoku University Center for Northeast Asian Studies (CNEAS TU), also attended the meeting. The attendees discussed how the fourth Japan-Russia workshop developed fruitful research meetings, the ongoing expansion of relevant research fields year by year, and the young researchers and graduate students joining as presenters since last year. EVP Ueki spoke regarding the bolstering of cooperation in a variety of research fields over the many years that TU and NSU have collaborated, and encouraging student exchange in recent years. He also expressed his gratitude for the earnest work of those from NSU who are involved in these efforts.

Following Tohoku University’s “Creation of Innovative Leaders for New Japan–Russia Relations” project adoption into the Re-Inventing Japan Project in 2014, several joint education programs have been carried out between TU and universities in Russia, and among these NSU is a valuable partner. We have strong expectations for further exchanges with them in the future.

(Front row from right) Director Oka, EVP Ueki and Professor Voytishek

At the Japan-Russia workshop.