Students from the University of Tokyo learn about Turkmenistan’s higher education system

The group consisting of fourteen students in international relations, headed by Professor Terue Okada, is the guests of our country. The programme of the two-week visit of the delegation of Japanese students to Turkmenistan includes a series of meetings aimed at promoting bilateral partnership, which will be held at a number of higher educational institutions.

The guests visited the Institute of International Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where thematic discussions would be held a few days later. Students from higher educational institutions of Turkmenistan and Japan will hold a dialogue in the English language devoted to the significant date of the national calendar – the 25th anniversary of independence and discuss the issues related to the foreign policy initiatives of Turkmenistan.

Similar meetings will be held in the International University of Humanities and Development, where the discussions will be focused on the prospects of Turkmen-Japanese humanitarian cooperation. In this context, the themes of lively discussions will include the experience of partnership between the International University of Humanities and Development and the Tokyo Institute of Foreign Languages that successfully develops in the framework of the cooperation agreement between the two universities signed last year. In accordance with the agreement students from the Tokyo Institute of Foreign Languages will start to learn the Turkmen language in April this year, which will contribute to promoting humanitarian cooperation between the two countries.

The programme of the visit of the Japanese delegation to our country includes a visit to D. Azadi Turkmen National Institute of World Languages, where will a meeting with the students as the Department of the Japanese Language will be organized. Such meetings offer a splendid opportunity to learn more about each other, strengthen friendship, practice the Japanese language and enrich professional horizons.

The programme of the visit to Turkmenistan also includes guided tours to landmarks and places of interest. Our guests will visit the historical and cultural monuments, the parks in Ashgabat, the Main Museum of Turkmenistan, the National Carpet Museum, the Nisa Historical and Cultural Reserve, the Equestrian Sports Centre, etc. The busy programme of activities includes the visit to the unique Kow-ata underground lake and the Avaza national tourism zone.

This visit of the delegation of Japanese students to our country will give a new impetus to implement the educational initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to incorporate the Japanese language in the curriculum of secondary schools and institutions of higher education in various fields of vocational training in the 2016-2017 academic year.