University of Tsukuba joins International Education Fair 2021 organized by Bolashaq Development Fund3/17/2022
On October 26th-29th, 2021, Asst. Prof. SASAYAMA Hiroshi, project coordinator, Study in Japan Global Network Project, Prof. NINOMIYA Takashi, University of Tsukuba Almaty Office coordinator based at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Mozgunova Aleksandra of the Moscow Liaison Desk, and Yahiro Tatiana of the Office of Global Initiatives, participated in the International Education Fair (IEF2021) organized by the Bolashaq Development Fund. Our faculty and staff members explained the processes and procedures of entry to a Japanese university or graduate school, and participating students inquired about English programs in the fields of architecture, international relations, energy such as oil and natural gas, and about application procedures for Japanese MEXT scholarships.
The Japan Centers in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and the Study in Japan Global Network Project (Russia and CIS region) co-hosted a Study in Japan Fair from November 13th -19th , 2021.
A total of 18 Japanese universities and Japanese language schools participated in the fair. More than 1,300 students from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan joined information sessions on studying in Japan. The University of Tsukuba was represented by Asst. Prof. SASAYAMA Hiroshi, staff members from the Office of Global Initiatives, NINOMIYA Takashi, Almaty Office coordinator and professor at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, and Mozgunova Aleksandra of the Moscow Liaison Desk. They explained the undergraduate and graduate English programs in medical science, informatics, international relations, public health, etc. at the University of Tsukuba, as well as the required Japanese or English language level for admission, and how to obtain scholarships. About 80 participants visited the University of Tsukuba’s booth.
On December 7th, 2021, the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) held a webinar for Japanese higher educational institutions to introduce the Study in Japan Global Network Project of MEXT. As the University of Tsukuba and Hokkaido University are coordinators of the "Study in Japan Global Network Project in Russia and CIS countries", Dr. NINOMIYA Takashi, University of Tsukuba Almaty Office coordinator and professor at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, presented about the "Educational context in Kazakhstan." He explained the situation of primary and secondary education in that country and the study abroad situation, the relationship between the Almaty office of University of Tsukuba and Japanese universities, and the features of organizations for Japanese language education in Kazakhstan, such as that of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Some of the questions asked by participants are the following: "What is the percentage of enrollment in higher education institutions and the percentage of wealthy people in Kazakhstan?" and "What kind of approach is effective when promoting universities in the Russia and CIS countries?"
On November 9th, 2021, Prof. NINOMIYAinomiya Takashi of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and coordinator of the University of Tsukuba Almaty Office Coordinator gave a presentation during the lecture on "Introduction to Career Design" at the the University of Tsukuba. He explained to about 70 undergraduate students the activities of the Almaty office and the effects of the Covid-19 infection on society and universities in Kazakhstan. Moreover, as part of Prof. NINOMIYA’s presentation, students from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, including Aisautova Aibanu and Zhalmukhambet Sholpan (both 4th year undergraduate students) and Kanapiya Aitolkyn (2nd year master's student) talked about their future plans for studying the the Japanese language. Students from the University of Tsukuba asked questions such as "What similarities do Japan and Kazakhstan have?", “What are your challenges in learning the Japanese language?” and "What kind of social problems does Kazakhstan facehave?"
On December 6th, 2021, Rector Zhanseit Tuymebaev of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University held a hybrid meeting with foreign professors and scientists from almost 30 countries. Bilateral and cooperation agreements have been signed with 550 universities and research centers in 50 countries. Prof. NINOMIYA Takashi, University of Tsukuba Almaty Office coordinator, presented on academic and research exchanges between Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and the University of Tsukuba dating back from 15 years ago. Many students in both universities have studied abroad at the partner university. Currently, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University participates in the Campus-in-Campus (CiC) project and endeavors to create a much stronger partnership. Prof. NINOMIYA also mentioned the Japanese learning project for tourism in Kazakhstan that faculty members from both universities have been working on since 2021.
On November 26th, 2021, an academic seminar in methods of language education was organized by the Faculty of Pre-University Education of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Language teachers from Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, and Turkey made presentations on language teaching methods and teaching materials. From Japan, Prof. NINOMIYA Takashi of KazNU and University of Tsukuba Almaty Office coordinator introduced the Japanese learning project for tourism in collaboration with Prof. ONO Masaki of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba. With support from the Toshiba International Foundation, this project aims to create an online Japanese course in Kazakhstan tourism for Kazakh Japanese learners. In the course, the learners will practice sentence structures, listening, and conversation. This project focuses on explanatory practice, an important skill for travel guides, and "research and presentation" in which learners rediscover common knowledge about Kazakhstan that they may already think they know.
On February 16th, 2021, Prof. ONO Masaki, director of the University of Tsukuba Almaty Office and who is also affiliated to the Center for Education of Global Communication (CEGLOC) of the University of Tsukuba, hosted the 4th Symposium on “Future-oriented Japanese Language Education” with the theme of flipped teaching, classroom activities, and teaching materials development, with presenters from Japan and overseas. Dr. NINOMIYA Takashi, Almaty Office coordinator, gave a presentation on the “Interim Report on the Project of Online Teaching Materials of Japanese for Tourism developed by Japanese Language Teachers of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Kazakh National University.”