Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Botswana Delegation Visits APU


Mar 10, 2011

On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, APU hosted a delegation of representatives from the Republic of Botswana led by The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Ms. Grace MUZILA. During their time at APU the group, including the Deputy Ambassador, Mr. Pule Mphothwe, and First Secretary at the Embassy of Botswana in Japan, Taboka MATLHABAHIRI, met with APU Vice-President HIRATA Junichi, Pro Vice-President Edgar PORTER, and Dean of Admissions, Prof. YAMAMOTO Susumu.

During their meeting with the APU executives, the group discussed the APU educational environment and the education situation in Botswana. Ms. MUZILA stated that "Botswana is working towards diversifying its economy and is investing heavily in education. We need graduates with international experience and skills to help us open up the country to the world". In response, Pro Vice-President said that, "APU and Botswana should work together to achieve our common goal of contributing to the development of the African region".

At the conclusion of the discussion, Ms. MUZILA and Vice-President HIRATA concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation regarding the acceptance of outstanding students from Botswana through the University scholarship system.

During their time on campus, the delegation also enjoyed lunch in the APU Cafeteria and met with a group of APU students from Botswana.

Including five students from the Republic of Botswana, APU currently has fifty-six students from Africa and continues to develop cooperative relationships with African nations. APU concluded a student exchange agreement with the University of Botswana (UoB) in October 2008. In 2010, APU student TAMAKI Ayumi (APS3, Japan) became the first Japanese student to complete a twelve month exchange to the UoB which began in August 2009.

Please click here for an article about Ms. TAMAKI’s exchange trip to Botswana:

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