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 Japan offers to enrol UB students on waste management

Japan offers to enrol UB students on waste management

Dated : 31.07.2017


Japan has expressed the desire to help Botswana deal with environmental problems caused by poor management of landfills. This emerged during a courtesy call Members of Parliament of the Japan’s House of Representative, Messrs Asahiko Mihara and Daishiro Yamagwiya, paid on UB Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, on July 28, 2017. They were accompanied by Japan’s Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Masahiro Onishi.
 
Mr Mihara said he realised there was need for Botswana to come up with new and sustainable ways of waste management to avoid the pitfalls that Japan fell into some 50 years ago. This came after he visited the Gamodubu Landfill on the outskirts of Gaborone on July 27, 2017.
 
He said the best way was for UB to identify students they could send to Japanese universities especially, Akita University, where they could learn about sustainable waste management and ultimately come up with solutions to problems at landfills in Botswana.
 
Mr Mihara also said following Akita University President, Professor Fumio Yamamoto’s visit to UB, the University’s management was excited to expand the partnership between the two institutions. He said the visit left a lasting impression on Professor Yamamoto because he spoke highly of UB.
 
The MP also informed the Acting Vice Chancellor that they would also want to see Batswana students benefitting from Japanese scholarships, especially at Akita University.
Akita University was established in 1949 by the merger of Akita Normal School (established in 1878), Akita Mining College (established in 1910) and the Akita Youth Normal School (established in 1944). The university initially offered degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and in Mining Engineering.
 
In 1965, a graduate studies programme in mining engineering was established. In 1967, Akita University established a Department of Education, followed in 1970 by a Medical School and University Hospital in 1971. A graduate program in medicine was established in 1976, and a graduate program in Education in 1989. A College of Medical Sciences was also established in 1989.
 
In response, Professor Moahi said UB valued its relationship with Akita University more that the two institution had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on a number of areas, particularly in the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine.
 
“We believe that to be able to serve Batswana well, we cannot do it alone. We welcome partnerships because one, two or three heads are better than one in coming up with solutions,” said Professor Moahi. She observed that UB’s intention was to grow and encourage new partnerships with various Japanese Universities and further embark on student and staff exchanges to benefit both countries.
 
The Acting Vice Chancellor said that way there was a great opportunity for cross fertilization of ideas, particularly for staff who would appreciate new and different ways of teaching, research and service delivery.
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