Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ambassador Relay Lecture Ends

February 7, 2024

The Department of African Area Studies in the School of International and Area Studies held a relay lecture by Ambassadors of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the fall semester as a specialized language course (English) for first-year students. With the support of Embassies in Japan, this relay lecture has been held since the establishment of the Department of African Area Studies in 2012 to promote exchanges between Japan and Southern African countries. Ambassadors and diplomats from 12 Southern African countries give lectures on history, politics, economics, and various other topics.

The second half of the relay lectures included the following lectures.

8th Lecture, Wednesday 6 December 2023: Mr. José António NHALUNGO, Chargé d'Affairs a.i. (Minister Plenipotentiary), Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique
9th Lecture, Wednesday 13 December 2023: Counsellor Mr. Lameckh Bodo Matsiwe, Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe
10th Lecture, Wednesday 20 December 2023: Counsellor Mr. Greyson J. Ishengoma, Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
11th Lecture, Wednesday 17 January 2024: Ms. Faith Nabeene Chilube, First Secretary Press and PR and Dr. Cynthia Mwewa Bowa, Ministry Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia
12th Lecture, Wednesday 24 January 2024: H.E. Mr. Lulama Smuts Ngonyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa

For the first half of the course, see below:

After a series of online classes due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year we returned to face-to-face classes for the first time in four years. The lecturers prepared original teaching materials, each devised their own lecture content, and conducted the classes in easy-to-understand English. Topics covered included nature and geography, political developments from independence from the suzerain state to the present, economic and industrial trends, and cooperative relations with Japan. Based on their prior learning about individual countries, students asked a variety of questions and enjoyed lively exchanges with the diplomats. Each unique class provided a unique opportunity for students to experience Africa. With the advancement of globalization, both Japan and Africa are undergoing significant changes. While valuing the equal relationship of sharing various issues on the same ground, we hope to further nurture this class as a place of learning and coexistence between Africa and Japan.


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