The 1st Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association General Assembly & Symposium (November 2011)


  • Date: 3rd November, 2011
  • Venue: Japan Information & Culture Centre,Embassy of Japan in Kenya
  • Hosted by Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association
  • Co-Hosted by JSPS Nairobi Research Station


On 3rd November of 2011, the Eastern Africa JSPS Alumni Association held a general assembly and a symposium at the Japan Information and Culture Centre within the Embassy of Japan in Kenya. Established in 2008, the alumni association has garnered 41 members to date and, though still in the process of development, carries out a vigorous agenda of activities. The general assembly was convened to deliberate and draft the association’s charter and to elect its officers. Under the association’s chair Prof. Shaukat Ali Abdulrazak, a good balance of executives among the participating countries was established.



 Opening Remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Toshihisa Takata


The meeting and symposium offered a platform for 18 alumni members from the four countries of Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya to engage in an exchange of scientific views and information. In addition to three lectures by researchers invited from Japan, a briefing was provided on JSPS’s programs at the symposium.

Regarding the lectures, they were delivered by Dr. Shuichi Asanuma, Nagoya University; Dr. Makoto Kimura, Kyoto University; and Dr. Wakana Shiino, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

They discussed their various experiences of doing research with colleagues in East Africa and ways to exploit science and technology in advancing the region’s socio-economic development.

Also, an experiment was introduced to promote the use of websites in advancing scientific exchange between East African countries and Japan.




 Happy hours after taking group photo


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