Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Inter-University Exchange ProjectInnovative Africa: Educational Networking Programs for Human Resource Development in Africa’s SDGs (IAfP)

Accepting

 

Number of person accepted

IAfP TUFS Total 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Number 18 2 2 6 8
PIASS 9 Henri、Thembo Jato、Paul Amissi、Ines、Patrick Grace、Mburukaga
Univ. of Ghana 2 Lisa、Rosemond
Univ. of Zambia 4 Annet、Themba Rita、Toose
Univ. of Pretoria 2 Hanán Vrishthi
Stellenbosch Univ. 1 Julia
University of Yaoundé I

Procedures for coming to TUFS on IAfP (for our African partner university’s students)

IAfP a program applicable for the students of ISEP-TUFS (International Student Exchange Program of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) of the IAfP partner universities. You need to be nominated by your university to apply ISEP-TUFS. Please check the information below and contact the exchange coordinator at your university.

Application Procedures for Exchange Program

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Fall 2023

◆ Moses Richard Anthony MBURUKAGA

2023.9.25~2024.7.19
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Republic of South Sudan

My name is MBURUKAGA Moses Richard Anthony, I prefer to be called Mburukaga. I am a South Sudanese. I am a student at Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) Rwanda, in the faculty of development studies, majoring in peacebuilding and development.
I like playing basketball, interacting with friends, working out my personal works, watching educative and political movies, reading books that inspires me or add values to myself, motivated to make positive change in any way in my surrounding (my community or environment where I live) .
As a young motivated person to make social change in my country, my aim of coming to Japan is to learn from the postwar reconstruction process of Japan and how this can help in the reconstruction process my country (South Sudan) is undertaking now in the post-civil war. And also, to learn new ways of life oversea that can help in my personal development and be exposed to new life, intercultural tolerance as it is one of the issues my country is facing not knowing how to tolerate the cultures of others.
Thanks to all those who made it possible for me to have this chance to learn about things I have always yearn to learn in my life.

 

◆ Marie Grace NYAMPINGA

2023.9.25~2024.7.19
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Republic of Rwanda

Konnichiwa
My name is Nyampinga Marie Grace, Rwandan, and a student majoring in Peacebuilding and Development in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Science (PIASS).
My interest is to learn more about the linkage and similarities of post-war reconstruction and reconciliation after WWII and the peacebuilding process in Japan and my country Rwanda as both experienced violent conflict and now Japan is a developed country while Rwanda is still undergoing the process. I am very interested in learning about Japanese culture and interacting with people from different diverse around the world present at the university through joining different clubs and taking courses as well as visiting different museums and historical sites.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). I thank also the Inter-University Exchange Project-Africa (IAfP) for taking care of my air-flight tickets, and the African Studies Center at TUFS (ASC-TUFS) for the acceptance offer in the learning program. Thank you so much to all my sponsors!

 

◆ Toose MUZUNGAILE

2023.9.25~2024.7.19
University of Zambia [Zambia]
Republic of Zambia

I am Toose Muzungaile, a graduate student from the university of Zambia. My field of study is human nutrition. Nutrition is a field that has no boundaries, as it cuts across all cultures.
Participating in the ISEP at TUFS is important for me as it will give me an opportunity to interact with fellow students from all over the globe, and help me become a more globally conscious and caring citizen back in Zambia. It will change my way of thinking, open new horizons and let me learn social and culture aspects and how I can apply them in my field of study. It will also give me an opportunity to learn and to share knowledge with others based on what I have studied and my experience in my field of study.
I would never say anything about my coming to TUFS without expressing gratitude to the Inter-University Exchange Project-Africa (IAfP) project and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) for actualising my dream. This is a life changing opportunity for me which I do not take for granted.
While at TUFS, I look forward to learning a lot in serene, state of the art and appropriately located environment.

 

 

◆ Rita TEMBO

2023.9.25~2024.7.19
University of Zambia [Zambia]
Republic of Zambia

Konnichiwa! Muli Bwanji! Hello!
My name is RITA TEMBO and I’m from ZAMBIA. I am second year student majoring in Economics at the University of Zamia. When I was younger, I would dream of traveling the world and now I can see my dreams turn into a reality.
I’m so excited to begin my journey at TUFS and peel out the many layers of Japanese culture. I may not be able to see all of Japan in a year but I will definitely still have worthwhile experiences. Traveling here has been nothing short of amazing and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead of me.
I would like to thank the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) for supporting my stay in Japan, the Inter University Exchange Project (IAfP) for sponsoring this program and the African Studies Centre at TUFS for accepting me into the school. Without you I wouldn’t be standing on Asian soil right now and for that I’m forever grateful.

 

◆ Condoleessa Benedicta Naa Akuyea ADDY 

2023.9.25~2024.7.29
University of Ghana [Ghana]
Republic of Ghana

Hey there! Here is a free ticket to Naa’s world. Come in and you have a wonderful time getting to know me. My name is Condoleessa Naa Akuyea Addy from Ghana. I am 20 years old and I come from Shama in the Western Region, which is one of the 16 regions in Ghana. My home University is the University of Ghana in Legon a suburb in Accra. My major is Psychology and linguistics. A few notable skills I have noticed is that I communicate well, have the gift of leadership, and an active listener. I also love working with individuals on a team. When I have some free time I love to read, listen to music, watch movies or take a trip to a new place. I take keen interest in meeting new people and making friends, and also photography as well. I aspire to be someone who can make change and create impact by brightening up my corner even if it is little. My favourite quote is “Excuses or results. You decide”. I expect to be a better individual by the end of this program and be culturally enlightened. Hope you had fun. Till we meet again.

 

 

 

◆ Rosemond BOAKYE TETTEH

2023.9.25~2024.2.29
University of Ghana [Ghana]
Republic of Ghana

I am Boakye-Tetteh Rosemond, a combined major student of History and Political Science at the most prestigious university in Ghana, the UNIVERSITY OF GHANA.
I find this program extremely crucial since I understand the magnitude of impact it would have on my entire educational and professional journey. For instance, as a History student, meeting and sharing same space with different scholars across the world would provide a platform for learning new cultures and languages. Again, our period here promises to be educative such that, diverse courses are designed to stimulate the minds of youngters and generate academic discourses which I truly find it delightful especially coming from Political Science background.
I am particularly enthused about this program for the fact that, I would finally return and share my knowledge and experiences with my colleagues while I improve my public speaking and communication skills. I am therefore honored to be a part of this year’s exchange program organised by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
I have to hasten to add that, I am as well appreciative of the JASSO scholarship given by the Japan Government and again, kudos to Toyota Ghana for their immense support and a big thanks to International Programmes Office of the University of Ghana as well.

 

◆ Vrishthi DHANLALL

2023.9.25~ 2024.2
University of Pretoria [South Africa]
Republic of South Africa

I am Vrishthi Dhanlall, a South African student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Criminology and Psychology at the University of Pretoria.
As a student of Criminology I am particularly interested in studying the culture, attitudes and policies in Japan that have lead to it having an such an astoundingly low crime rate in comparison to the rest of the world.
On a more personal level, I am incredibly excited to be experiencing Japan via this exchange as someone who regularly engages with Japanese media via film and music. It is truly surreal to be in the places where my favorite movies were shot and favorite songs were recorded.
I’d like to express my immense gratitude towards the African Studies Centre at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and the Inter-University Exchange Project-Africa, for the role they have played in making this exchange possible and making my dreams a reality. The opportunity you have given me is one that is invaluable, and I look forward to making the most of it!

 

 

◆ Julia VISSER

2023.9.25~ 2024.2
Stellenbosch University [South Africa]
Republic of South Africa

My name is Julia Visser, and I’m a student from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. I belong to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and am currently studying towards a degree in Humanities with majors in Geography, English Studies and Visual Studies.
Although I reside in a European-styled University town in the Western Cape; I’m originally from a very different but beautiful part of South Africa. I grew up largely amidst the plantations of Mpumalanga province in the northeast of the country, between small towns. In fact, for the most part, I was always within a 20-minute drive from the Kruger National Park!
Studying at Stellenbosch University has been a considerable feat, but coming to the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, is a lifelong dream come true! I plan to learn more about Japanese arts, culture and society, and certainly improve my Japanese language skills. I am eager to explore Japan’s innovative systems of sustainability, and how knowledge may be interchanged within Japan-Africa relations. Venturing around the metropolis of Tokyo is exhilarating, yet I hope to visit rural spaces and areas of cultural significance during my stay here.
I want to express my sincerest gratitude to the TUFS IAfP office for supporting me on my journey here, and SU International for nominating me for our pioneer inter-university exchange. Thank you kindly to The Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Scholarship Foundation for your generous support in allowing me to live and study in Japan, as well as valuable cultural insights shared.

 

Fall 2022

◆ Nkusi Ines INEZA

2022.9.27~2023.7.26
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Republic of Rwanda

I’m INEZA NKUSI INES, a Rwandan student in development studies majoring in natural resources and environmental management at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences in RWANDA.

As a student in environmental management, my interest in Japan is to learn from the environmental protection measures and mechanisms of Japan (the developed country) and the lessons to teach Rwanda as a developing country.

I am very happy also to be in Japan as I was dreaming to join this country as a Karate player since my childhood because I found that it is the origin of karate and I can say that my dreams came true.
I would like to thank the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), and YAZAKI Corporation for their great support of my life in Japan. Big thanks to the African Studies Center at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and the Inter-University Exchange Project (Africa), for the warm support from Rwanda, up to now you have played a big role in order to reach my dreams and continue my studies through this program, and thank you for giving African students opportunity of going abroad and exploring new adventures.

 

◆ Patrick MUHIRWA

2022.9.27~2023.7.26
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Republic of Rwanda

Konnichiwa
Watashi wa Muhirwa Patrick desu, Rwandan, and a student majoring in Peacebuilding and Development in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) in the southern part of Rwanda. I love working in teams which has grown from football teams inspirations and group works at school, I like interactions and exchanges because I learn new things and grow.

I am overjoyed to have been given this opportunity to come to Japan as an exchange student at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) and would wish to write this message in Japanese, but my level is still low where currently, I know a few words in Japanese such as “Ohayo-guzaimasu”, “Konnichiwa”, “Konbawa”, “Arigato Guzaimasu”, “Sayonara”, “Oyasumi”, “Genki-desu” and “Doo-itashimashite”, and learning Japanese has come on top among my priorities to raise the language ability.

I wish to learn the cultural solutions in Japan’s re-construction process, global studies on contemporary issues for gaining lessons to take home and having good knowledge of Japan in the context of language, norms and values, religion, and social interactions. I am very interested to learn different courses, joining available clubs at TUFS as well visiting historical and cultural museums of Japan to grow deeper.

My sincerely gratitude to all people who made my dreams possible. I am deeply grateful to the Inter-University Exchange Project-Africa (IAfP) for taking care of my air-flight tickets, the African Studies Center at TUFS (ASC-TUFS) for the acceptance offer in the learning program. Special and deeper thankful to Yazaki Corporation and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) for turning my dreams into reality and making my interests in Japan worthwhile by supporting my life expenses during my stay in Japan.
I would kindly like once again to say “Arigato Guzaimasu” to all my sponsors!

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◆ Nababuya Christelle AMISSI

2022.9.27~2023.7.26
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Democratic Republic of the Congo

I am Amissi Nababuya Christelle, a Congolese student in Rwanda at Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), majoring in the Faculty of Development Studies and the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Moreover, as a Congolese lady who lives in the Great Lakes Region where conflicts can arise and also in others regions of Africa, therefore, being in Japan is a great opportunity for me to learn about the Japanese mechanisms of development. As we have learnt about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would like to enlarge my knowledge in their government policies and also their culture. My interest in Japan is to further my knowledge about the development process and the peace building process.

Furthermore, to be in Japan is really beneficial, and I am grateful for that, also, it is an opportunity to improve my intercultural communication skills, because I am really passionate in learning other people’s cultures and languages, and I like to write down poems.
I take this opportunity to thank the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), the African Studies Center, the Inter-University Exchange Project (Africa), aka IAfP, and Yazaki Corparation for their great support and cooperation for my life in Japan and also to Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) for both their helpful support from Rwanda to Japan which goes hand in hand in the fulfilment of my dreams. I am really grateful for this opportunity which is a bridge fostering my great future.

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◆ Annet BANDA

2022.9.27~2023.7.26
University of Zambia [Zambia]
Republic of Zambia


My name is ANNET BANDA from Zambia, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies with Sociology at my home university, the University of Zambia. My hobbies include reading, researching and watching Netflix. Am very excited and happy to have been given this opportunity to study at TUFS as an exchange student for the fall semester by African Studies Center and IAfP (Inter-University Exchange Project <Africa>) who together made it possible for me to be in Japan. Am looking forward to learn in depth about Japan, it’s rich culture aswell as it’s history in the development process which will help me have an idea on how to aid in developing my home country. Thank you Yazaki Corporation and African Studies Center for your support and for making my dream a reality!

 

 

◆ Themba MAPULANGA

2022.9.27~2023.7.26
University of Zambia [Zambia]
Republic of Zambia

 

Greetings.
My name is Themba Mapulanga, a 3rd-year student at the University of Zambia pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies and Public Administration, and now currently an exchange student at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. I chose to come to to Tokyo as an exchange Student to learn about Japanese culture and also to share my culture with students at TUFS. I’ve always had an interest with certain parts of Japanese culture and being here is dream come true.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank IAfP for making this dream a reality and sponsoring my flight tickets.
I would also like to greatly thank YAZAKI Corporation for the financial assistance rendered to me to make my stay in Tokyo a pleasant one. Thank you so much.

 

 

◆ Hanán JEPPIE

2022.4.1~ 2023.2
University of Pretoria [South Africa]
Republic of South Africa

 

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Spring 2021

◆ Wepngong Jato EMMANUEL

2022.3.7~2023.2.27
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Republic of Cameroon

I am Emmanuel Wepngong JATO a Cameroonian by birth pursuing Peace and Conflict Studies at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Science (PIASS) in Rwanda. I was selected for the exchange program at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Spring program 2022. My interest is to learn about the peacebuilding process of Japan from the violence and trauma due to WWII to the current peaceful state and economic development of the country. Also, to have interactions with students and professors from all over the world present at the campus which will increase my communication skills, take part in different clubs for learning and diversity of courses delivered at TUFS, and visit historical sites. I am keen on new intercultural knowledge such as Japanese language, religion, rituals and practices.

I would express my sincere gratitude to the Innovative Africa Educational Networking Program (IAfP) and Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and everyone who will be taking care of my expense of airfare and my stay in Japan. Moreover, I deeply appreciate Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and African Studies Center for giving me this great opportunity to be part of a learning program.

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◆ Paul KANI BAHOYA

2022.3.7~2023.2.27
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Democratic Republic of the Congo

I am Kani Bahoya Paul, a Congolese student majoring in peace and conflict studies at Protestant institute of art and Social sciences (PIASS) in Rwanda. I am a filmmaker, painter, and graphic designer. By connecting my academic interest, my skills, and social life; I hope to learn from my fellow colleagues, lecturers as well as the host community how Japanese culture operates and what Japanese foreign policy toward Africa is like. Most importantly, I want to get involved at Tokyo University of Foreign Study (TUFS) by joining clubs related to my skills of interest. As I am fascinated with the development process of Japan and its historical challenges; I wish to learn more on this aspect by visiting museums and other historical areas.

A dream is still a dream until someone wakes you up to experience it; I express my profound gratitude to the Innovative Africa Educational Networking Program (IAFP), Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) for their willingness to make this happen by their support that will certainly wake me up and experience this. I am quite grateful for the crowdfunding effort, which will cover my living expenses in Japan. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone of the project’s supporters.

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Fall 2020

◆Henri Fabrice NDAYIZEYE

2020.11.25~2021.7.27
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Republic of Burundi

 

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◆Justus THEMBO

2020.11.25~2021.7.27
Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences [Rwanda]
Republic of Uganda

 

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