Cairo University has decided to establish a centre for Japanese studies to be
concerned with the research and study of Japanese literature, art, and science. The
aim is that the new centre would act as a bridge of communication and cooperation
in Egyptian-Japanese relations on the official and public levels.
The Cairo University decision comes in the framework of the keenness of the
Egyptian government to benefit from Japanese experience, especially in education
methodologies and theories.
The Head of Cairo University’s Japanese Department, Adel Amin, spoke of
Egyptian admiration of the Japanese experience and the ability of Japan to rise
from the ashes of WWII to become an industrial powerhouse in the world. “The
centre new centre,” he said, “will be a part of the Japanese Department at the
Faculty of Arts, which was established in cooperation with the Japanese
government in 1974. Ten Japanese researchers will work the new centre, hand in
hand with the professors of Japanese language at the Faculty of Arts. There will be
close cooperation with Japanese universities where education and technology are
Establishment of a centre for Japanese studies had been discussed between Cairo
University President Gaber Nassar and Mayor of Tokyo Koike Yuriko during a
visit by Mr Yuriko to Cairo.