2019.18.03 2019 Spring Luncheon Reception in Honor of PEACE Project, MEXT Scholarship, and Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Graduates.

2019 Spring Luncheon Reception in Honor of PEACE Project, MEXT Scholarship, and Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Graduates.


March 18, 2019: It was a pleasure for H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat to host a lunch reception for scholarship graduates at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Rumi Balkhi Hall, in Tokyo. A total of 50 talented young graduates; 45 under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s project called PEACE program, 4 under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship, and 1 under the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, were honored for completing their long and diligent Master’s and Doctoral studies here in Japan. The reception was also attended by Officials from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE).

Mr. Asif Agah, Second Secretary for the embassy, greeted the guests to the hall and facilitated the ceremonies. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat gave his opening remarks, thanking those in attendance for joining the occasion to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the honorary graduates. Further, he remarked that these scholars are the change makers in society and that, thanks to the friendly and noble nation of Japan’s investment in their human capacity, the future revitalization of Afghanistan rests on the shoulders of these young. “Your education will allow you contribute to your nation by forging bridges of understanding—bridges that will help us better understand those from different homes, different cultures, different backgrounds, and different ideologies and bring us to peace. It is my most sincere hope that you use your potential to change the world.”


Remarks were also given by Hon. Mr. Masahiro Suzuki, Deputy Director for South Asia Division 2 of the South Asia Department of JICA who encouraged the students to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge invested in them and use all of their talents and skills to help improve not only Afghanistan but the world. Mr. Mohammad Hamed Patmal, Former President of the Afghan Students Union of Japan and Graduate of Waseda University, gave a heartfelt speech on behalf of the PEACE scholars thanking all the many people involved in bringing this unique and vital opportunity to Afghan scholars. That through the time and dedication of many to help promote this opportunity strong collaborative relations between Afghanistan and Japan have resulted which has enabled the fruitful success of these programs.

Mr. Mohammad Halim Stanikzai, Graduate Student from Tsukuba University, gave a moving speech on behalf of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, expressing his gratitude for the generosity of all those who have placed their trust into the Afghan students and shared with them the knowledge and skills to progress further. Mr. Mohammad Taheb Safi, a graduate student from Yokohama City University, presented his research he prepared in correlation to his thesis, “Phenotypic and genetic study of NBRP – wheat core – collection lines under salt stress” to which H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat remarked was very vital to Afghanistan.

Following the speeches, Afghan dishes prepared by the Embassy in honor of this special day, were served for all to enjoy. To hallmark the great achievements of the scholars, certificate of completion were given to all graduates from the embassy, JICA, and MEXT. To commemorate the event, a group photo was taken. To those graduates, we wish you the best of successes upon your return.

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