First Secretary in charge of Culture and Information in Embassy of Japan Mr. Hideo Shinozuka visits Uninversity of Tartu

First Secretary in charge of Culture and Information in Embassy of Japan  Mr. Hideo Shinozuka visits University of Tartu on the 3rd of November.

Mr. Shinozuka will meet with Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Anneli Saro to discuss cooperation between the University of Tartu and Japan and the Embassy of Japan.

The meeting will be attended by Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Professor Margit SutropHead of the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures Kersti LepajõeHead of the University of Tartu Asian Centre Elo Süld, representative of Faculty of Economics Professor Urmas Varblane, representative of Faculty of Law Professor Irene KullHead of International Cooperation Kristi Kerge and Head of International Protocol Sirje Üprus

The university will be introducing the work and goals of the UT Asian Centre that was founded in 2016.

Mr. Shinozuka will also be meeting with representatives of the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures of the University of Tartu. The aim of the meeting is to introduce the teaching of subjects related to Japan at the University of Tartu and to discuss concrete cooperation options in the field of culture and languages.

The visit will be concluded with a tour in the historic university main building.

Some examples of UT's cooperation with Japan

The University of Tartu currently has bilateral agreements with five Japanese universities: Waseda University (since 2000) Kansai Gaidai University (since 2004), Hokkaido University (since 2008), Gakushuini University (since 2016) and Kanagawa Univrsity (since 2016).

The University of Tartu has been teaching Japanese language as an elective course for over 10 years. The current Japanese language lecturer is Eri Miyano and interest towards the language has been increasing (it is taught on four levels and approximately 100 students enroll on courses yearly).

Scientists from University of Tartu and Japan have co-authored 121 scientific articles in the period of 2009-2016 (according to ISI Web of Science database). Most publications have appeared in nature sciences, medicine and humanities.

In 2014 professor of Baltic politics and history Andres Kasekamp introduced the Japanese version of his book "A History of the Baltic States" in Tokyo (the book was translated by professor Hiromi Komori from Waseda University).