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[Call for participation]TUFS Networking Meeting for African Students 2023(Mon 23 Oct 17:40-)

[Photo of last year’s Networking Meeting]

TUFS Networking Meeting for African Students 2023 will be co-hosted by IAfP and  African Studies Center on Monday, 23rd October 2023.

We will accept 8 exchange students from Ghana, Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa from the end of September 2023.
We hope that this meeting will be the opportunities for those exchange students to build network with supporters of exchange students, students and faculty members of TUFS and people outside of TUFS in Japan.

The meeting is full of content, including self-introductions of the students, message  from TUFS students currently studying in Africa, speech from a student who entered as a regular student after experiencing an exchange exchange student at TUFS, a Japanese music performance and a quiz.
We will be waiting for you to join us! Please pre-register from here.

TUFS Networking Meeting for African Students 2023

◆Date and Time: Mon. 23 October 2023 17:40-19:20,19:20-20:30[social gathering] (JST)

◆Venue:1st floor, AGORA Global, TUFS & Online

◆Eligibility for Participation: open to public

◆Language: English and Japanese (Each language will be roughly translated into Japanese or English)

◆Admission: Free (fee will be needed for participating the Social Event [students 1,000yen, faculty members and non-university members 3,000yen])

◆pre-registration: Please register from here.
*You are welcome to jump in the event, but we deeply appreciate it if you pre-register. If you would like to participate in the Social Event, please do pre-register. We want to know the number of the participants due to the preparation.

◆Jointly organized by: Inter-University Exchange Project (Africa)-TUFS and African Studies Center – TUFS

◆Supported by: With Africa (Student group of African major at TUFS)


17:40 – 17:45 Opening Remarks (Prof.Takeuchi, TUFS)
17:45 – 17:55    Japanese Music Performance
17:55 – 18:25 Self-introduction
18:25 – 18:40   Message from TUFS Students in Africa
18:40 – 19:00   Onomatopoeia Quiz
19:00 – 19:05   Coming Back to Japan as a Master Student(Thembo Justus [graduated from PIASS])
19:05 – 19:10   Closing Remarks (Prof.Sasaki, PIASS)
19:10 – 19:20   Photo Shoot

19:20 – 20:30 Social Event

【The Exchange Students from the partner universities in Africa in 2023】
Marie Grace Nyampinga (Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences: PIASS, Rwanda)
Moses Richard Anthony Mburukaga (PIASS, Rwanda)
Rita Tembo (University of Zambia: UNZA, Zambia)
Toose Muzungaile (UNZA, Zambia)
Julia Visser (Stellenbosch University: SU, South Africa)
Vrishthi Dhanlall (University of Pretoria: UP, South Africa)
Condoleessa Benedicta Naa Akuyea Addy (University of Ghana: UG, Ghana)
Rosemond Boakye Tetteh (UG, Ghana)

【TUFS Students in Africa (speakers)】
Yumiko Matsuoka (PIASS, Rwanda)
Ayumi Kato (PIASS, Rwanda)
Moto Kitano (UNZA, Zambia)
Hinano Kurebayashi (Stellenbosch University: SU, South Africa)
Yuki Fukuoka (Stellenbosch University: SU, South Africa)
Minami Kubota (University of Pretoria: UP, South Africa)
Toko Kuga (UG, Ghana)

Hana Aketa, Yuko Imayoshi, Hiroaki Kasahara, Ayaka Saeki, Tabitha Takao, Naosuke Tanaka, Yuma Hagino, Ayu Hirakawa, Ayari Hirayama, Rei Fukushima, Hana Matsumoto, Emi Mizuno, Hidetora Miyata, Takahito Yamamoto, Ririka Waki

◆Contact::Inter-University Exchange Project (Africa)-TUFS(tell:042 330 5897  E-mail:tenkai-africa-coordinator(at)

Event Page of ASC


A total of 86 people from both inside and outside the university participated in this event.

Starting with Prof.Takeuchi’s  opening remarks, the participants sang “Momiji” under the leadership of student supporters, and then sang and danced the Ghanaian folk song “che che kule”. Following this, eight African exchange students introduced themselves and, in response to questions we gathered from the participants beforehand, they talked about their motives for choosing Japan (TUFS) as their study destination, their impressions of Japan, their favorite foods from Japan and their home countries, and their favorite folktales from their home countries. Then we connected online with TUFS students studying in African universities and they talked about their impressions of each country, what they learned, and their messages to exchange students. Next, we enjoyed an onomatopoeia quiz led by a student supporters, and after that, we had a speech from Tembo, who became a regular student of TUFS after experiencing being an exchange student at TUFS. The closing remark was given by Prof.Sasaki from PIASS.

Many people attended the social event after the main part. In the middle of the social event, we had a speech from one of our supporters of the crowdfunding, Ms. Kyoko Kumada. In addition to the exchange students, regular students from African countries enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at TUFS also participated in the network meeting. The network meeting seemed to be able to provid a valuable opportunity for students from African countries and participants from both inside and outside the university to deepen their exchange.

This year was the first time that TUFS was able to accept students from all of our African partner universities at the same time, and especially from Stellenbosch University, we were able to accept the first memorable exchange exchange student. We hope that the interaction between people on and off campus and students from Africa will deepen and broaden, leading to continued exchanges both as individuals and as a university.

◆86 participants (74face-to-face, 12 online/69 TUFS, 17 off-campus)


▼Opening Remarks

▼Japanese and African Music Performance


▼Self-introduction (8 exchange students)

▼Message from TUFS Students Studying Abroad

▼Onomatopoeia Quiz

▼Coming Back to Japan as a Master Student

▼Closing Remarks

▼Social Event

▼Group Photo

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