University of Tartu Asia Centre received a certificate of commendation from the Embassy of Japan

The University of Tartu Asia Centre received a certificate of commendation from the Embassy of Japan. The Ambassador of Japan, H. E. Hajime Kitaoka, presented the certificate of commendation at the event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the official relations and friendship between Estonia and Japan.

On 13 October, the Ambassador of Japan Mr Hajime Kitaoka delivered a certificate of commendation to the University of Tartu Asia Centre for its contribution to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Estonia.

Elo Süld, the head of the Asia Centre, who accepted the certificate of commendation, pointed out that the cooperation between the university and the embassy has been successful. "The embassy has supported teaching and research activities at the university. For instance, we received funding for the summer school on the subject of Japanese studies and for publishing a book on Japanese-Estonian relations," said Süld. She added that both parties see several possibilities for developing cooperation in the future, particularly for developing competence in Japanese studies among the university’s researchers and students.

In honour of the anniversary, the conference "Economics and Culture between the European Union and Japan" was held at the University of Tartu from 14 to 15 October. It was opened by Rector of the University of Tartu Prof. Toomas Asser, the Ambassador of Estonia to Japan Mr Väino Reinart and the Ambassador of Japan to Estonia Mr Hajime Kitaoka. According to the project manager of the conference, the Japanese coordinator of the Asia Centre Ene Selart, celebrating the historical anniversary together shows good relations between the Embassy of Japan and the University of Tartu.

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Heidi Maiberg
Head of Communication
University of Tartu Asia Centre