On 4th June, 2018, the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Office received a courtesy visit from the Japan International Cooperation Center Research Institute (JICA-RI). Prof. Yoichi Mine of Doshisha University, Human Security and African Studies, and a Visiting Fellow of JICA-RI visited together with Ms. Makiko Yanagihara, Research Officer of JICA Research Institute.
JICA Research Institute (JICA-RI) is currently implementing a research project on ‘History of Japan’s Development Cooperation: A Historical Perspective’. As part of this research project, Prof. Mine will be writing a history of Japanese official development assistance (ODA) based on the interview narratives of local counterparts and beneficiaries of development projects funded by the Japanese government. Amongst the 20 Projects which were selected to be interviewed, JKUAT was one of them.
JICA-RI made a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, JKUAT, Prof. Mabel O. Imbuga, and conducted an interview with the VC. Prof. Imbuga made a remark that ‘From the support from Japan, not only financial but social and ethics were impacted and we learned hard work and commitment from Japan.’
After the interview with the VC, the Project team gave them a tour to the innovation Prototyping and Integrated Centre (iPIC), Display corner of JKUAT outputs where the final year students demonstrated their own projects to the visitors.