November 12, 2018 (Monday)
At the invitation of the Japan Russia Youth Exchange Center, fifty six Russian students who are currently studying Japanese came to visit TUFS and participate in an exchange meeting. Approximately fifty TUFS students who are majoring in Russian, including students invited by the TUFS Student Mobility Program (Russia).
Russian participants in this meeting hailed from 19 cities and 28 universities in Russia, and were also invited to participate in the Center’s 2018 ‘Exchange Meeting for Students of Japanese’ program. Besides Tokyo, the participants also visited Ishikawa Prefecture, which provide them the opportunity to visit the Memorial to Russian Prisoners of War during the Russo-Japanese War, as well as to experience traditional Japanese culture through practicing the art of gilding, or applying gold leaf.
The exchange meeting was held with Assistant Professor Maeda Izumi acting as M.C., and was an opportunity for participants to get to know each other better; this included students explaining their native languages to each other through the tandem learning model and a ‘quiz’ format. After the meeting was over, students were enjoyed a period of free interaction, followed by lunch together, and walk through the campus.
The Japan Russia Youth Exchange Center was created as the operations arm of the Russo-Japanese Youth Exchange Committee, which was in turn created in accordance with the ‘Agreement on the creation of a Russo-Japanese Youth Exchange Committee,’ which was signed in 1999 in the effort to foster mutual understanding between Japan and Russia. Since its inception, the Center has engaged in such activities as inviting and recruiting students for short-term exchanges, the dispatching of Japanese teachers to universities in Russia, and fellowships for novice researchers from both countries. As of 2018, there have been approximately 8,200 participants in these activities. TUFS alumni have also been active in these activities.