トヨタガーナ社に航空運賃を支援していただき、2018年秋学期間、本学に交換留学していたガーナ大学修士課程のナンシーから、日本での留学生活に関するレポートが届きました。本学では、Peace and Conflict Studies（PCS）の授業を取るかたわら、授業としてではありませんが日本人学生らから個人的に日本語を学ぶプログラムにも参加していました。PCSの授業は課題も多く、日々、忙しく過ごしていましたが、週に1回以上はセンターに顔を出してくれ、私たちにガーナ料理をふるまってくれたこともありました。今後の進路については検討中とのことですが、再び日本へ戻ってくることも考えているそうです。どのような選択であれ、彼女の興味にもっともマッチしたものであればいいと思います。そして将来、研究者として改めて当センターとつながれることを願います。
On September 25, 2018, I arrived in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) based in Japan to participate in a student exchange program for the fall academic semester. After a week of orientation and introduction, the program commenced fully. During this period of the exchange program, I was opportune to be attached to the graduate program of Global Studies and International Relations (Peace and Conflict Studies).
As an affiliate of the Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) department of TUFS, I partook in seven (7) courses both core and elective courses such as Research Methodology in Peace and Conflict Studies, Core Seminar Program, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Africa Public Policy, African History on Genocide, Global Campus Program, and Africa in Global Politics. Also, at the PCS department, I participated in the Japanese language proficiency class organized twice weekly for all international students in the department.
Also, while there, I engaged in extracurricular activities organized by the Student exchange division for participating international students to socialize and learn some basic Japanese culture. Very prominent of them was the 1 week cultural festival designed for foreign students. More so, I attended the seminars fronted by the African Studies Centre in TUFS, two of which were held outside of TUFS campus. The first was held in Sophia University and the second was in Kyoto University.
Although the entire program was comprehensive and challenging, all experiences have been worth it. As such, that moment come across as a golden opportunity and coming from Africa and Ghana precisely, with a different cultural background, I cannot deny that the exposure has shaped my perspective of life and my academic capabilities equally enhanced.
I would also like to express gratitude to all who contributed to the success of this feet. First of all, I would like to express an immeasurable appreciation to the Centre Asian Studies (CAS), University of Ghana, headed by Dr. Lloyd Adu Amoah for the guidance and granting me the opportunity to represent University of Ghana in TUFS. Again, to Toyota Ghana, your intervention to support my movement to and fro Japan is one that cannot be underestimated and thus appreciate very much. Another thanks goes to the TUFS and African Studies Center -TUFS under the auspices of Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi for the role played throughout my stay in TUFS and Japan as a whole. Lastly, I would want to thank the Department Political Science Faculty and the University of Ghana Student Exchange Division.