October 02, 2015:
It was a pleasure of H.E. Ambassador Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimie to be invited and observe the graduation and the entrance ceremony of Yokohama City University. The ceremonies were held separately, though consecutively. The university has been one of well known one in Japan among Afghan former exchange students since it has accepted Afghan students constantly for past some years, especially in the academic field of farming and genetics through official scholarship program provided by Japan. This year specifically, 3 Afghan students had successfully fulfilled their academic courses to earn master’s degree from the university.
At the ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie delivered the speech and congratulated the graduates and enrolling 2 new students, and extended his deep gratitude both for Yokohama City University and Japanese government, particularly JICA for directly administrating the scholarship which has given educational opportunities to many Afghans, as well as Japan Science and Technology Agency for providing the program. It was H.E. Ambassador’s pleasure to present an Afghan traditional clothes “chapan” to the president of the university, Mr. Yoshinobu Kubota, for supporting Afghan students over the years. H.E. Dr. Fatimie also had a pleasure of meeting Mr. Kimio Okada, vice president of the university; Mr. Masaru Tachibana, dean of graduate school of Nanobioscience; Mr. Kaname Araki, Director for General Affairs Department, International Affairs Bureau, City of Yokohama; Mr. Yasushi Shintani, senior staff Department of International Affairs, Japan Science and Technology Agency to appreciate their effort that help build a foundation of development in Afghanistan.
The ceremony was also reported on Yokohama City University's webpage. Please visit http://www.yokohama-cu.ac.jp/res/h27fall_e_ceremony_report.html(available in Japanese)