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For Better Achievements in Academic Study JICE launches Japanese Language Training for Can Tho University Improvement Project in Vietnam

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Leaning a foreign language opens up a new horizon of knowledge and success. JICE is currently conducting Japanese language training for 21 lecturers and administrators of Can Tho University in Vietnam (CTU) who are scheduled to study in the Japanese universities to obtain Master’s and Doctoral degrees as a part of the CTU Improvement Project funded by the Japanese Government.

The Project’s aim is to address the challenges of sustainable development and increasing the country’s international competitiveness in agriculture and aquaculture through improvement of research and education capacities of CTU. This project has four components: Human Resource Development; Research; Construction Management/Facility Design; and Equipment Procurement.

Tasked with the Human Resource Development component, JICE provides a full range of support for the lecturers and administrators of CTU to be placed in the Japanese universities to pursue further academic training. The selected lectures and administrators are expected to serve, as the core members of CTU, in joint research activities with the Japanese universities, development of education program and improvement of governance upon completing their master’s and doctoral programs in Japan.

Although the courses are basically taught in English, knowledge of Japanese language is essential for maximizing the outcomes of study and research because it ensures a good working relationship with the lab members and supervisors as well as facilitates daily life in Japan.

The intensive training program offered by JICE, held for the first time for the CTU, is composed of 170 hours of lectures conducted from June 5 through August 31, 2017. The target of the training is to master the useful Japanese for upcoming life in Japan as well as Japanese culture, common knowledge, manners and unspoken rules. The participants of the training are required to go through all the challenging curriculum in parallel with their daily work. During the first month, the Vietnamese learners were observed to make a steady progress in conversational skills even though they had difficulties in mastering hiragana and katakana characters. We strongly hope that their positive attitude toward learning Japanese will lead to their success in upcoming research activities in Japan.

Group photo of training participants
(Center: Ms. Rie TEJIMA, the Japanese language teacher)

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