(Sankei: February 18, 2015 – p. 26)
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) has decided to set up 38 “Global Japan Offices” at major partner universities around the world, given that it was selected as a Top Global University by the Education Ministry. This plan is intended to support the university’s internationalization and improve Japanese students’ ability to convey messages to the world. On Jan. 30, TUFS opened its first Global Japan Office at the University of Yangon, Myanmar. It will open a Global Japan Office at 38 partner universities overseas gradually by fiscal 2023.
In Myanmar where Japanese companies have been making inroads, there are 200 members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Yangon. The number is expected to double in one and a half years. However, there are only two universities in Myanmar that provide Japanese language classes, the University of Yangon and Mandalay University.
The office is in the building of the Literature Department of Yangon University and TUFS Professor Emeritus Ryuji Okudaira serves as the first director of the office. TUFS will dispatch Japanese language teachers to support exchange students from Japan and Yangon University students who want to study in Japan. TUFS also plans to offer Japanese language classes and additional lectures to introduce Japanese culture. The university hopes that several dozen students will attend the classes. (Slightly abridged)