Ambassador Spiteri Visits Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Ambassador Spiteri Visits Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jan 06, 2022
 
On the 9th of December 2021, His Excellency André Spiteri, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Japan, visited the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

The Ambassador met with the President of the University, Professor Hayashi. There were discussions about possible collaborations and academic exchanges between Japanese and Maltese students focusing on language training. The Ambassador was also very grateful that this University was the first one that offered a Maltese language course in Japan. The classes were held online and taught by Professor Nagato. The Ambassador augured well such initiatives with the hope of more awareness and visibility of the Maltese language in Japan.

Following the meeting, the Ambassador visited Japanese Language Centre for International Students accompanied by Professor Komatsu. The Ambassador himself was a former student in this University where he underwent a Japanese language course in 2007 before starting his post graduate degree at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. ‘Language is very important in understanding a particular country and culture, and this University has helped me appreciate and understand more Japan’, he stated when visiting the halls and classrooms of the Centre.

Meeting with the President of the University, Professor Hayashi (left), and Professor Komatsu (centre) 
Meeting with the President of the University, Professor Hayashi (left), and Professor Komatsu (centre)

President Hayashi presents the Ambassador with a gift from the University 
President Hayashi presents the Ambassador with a gift from the University

Professor Komatsu accompanied the Ambassador to the Japanese Language Centre for International Students. Ambassador Spiteri was  
Professor Komatsu accompanied the Ambassador to the Japanese Language Centre for International Students. Ambassador Spiteri was a former student and attended Japanese language classes at this Centre in 2007