Rector of Tbilisi State University, Jaba Samushia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Georgia, Akira Imamura, Dean of the TSU Faculty of Humanities, Nana Gaprindashvili, professors, students, representatives of the Japanese Embassy participated in the Japanese Culture Day held at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Within the framework of the event there was a presentation of the Japanese Studies Program of the Institute of Oriental Studies of TSU. TSU students will have the opportunity to choose Japanese Studies as their major.
“What is happening today at Tbilisi State University is the celebration of Japanese Culture Days. Photographs, paintings, interesting works are being exhibited, our students are performing songs in Japanese,” Rector Jaba Samushia said, noting that Tbilisi State University is trying to further deepen Georgian-Japanese relations. “We are negotiating with the University of Tokyo, with which we will sign a memorandum. This will be another step forward in the rapprochement between Georgia and Japan in the scientific and educational spheres,” he added.
Japanese Ambassador Akira Imamura gave a public lecture on Georgian-Japanese Relations. He spoke about the creation of a Japanese Studies Program at TSU and the need to encourage students to study in this program. He expressed hope that it would contribute to a better understanding of Japanese culture and deepen relations between the two countries.
Among Georgia’s higher educational institutions, Tbilisi State University is the first to establish Japanese Studies as a major field of study, giving students the opportunity to become qualified Japanese scholars. The Japanese Studies curriculum has successfully passed accreditation and has accepted students for the spring semester.
“Today, it is very important to study Japanese language, culture, and history. The Japanese Embassy in Georgia shows great interest in the university. This is confirmed by the opening of the Japanese office at TSU, which is equipped with modern computer equipment, scientific literature, and albums. Especially important and stimulating for our students are the test exams conducted by the Embassy, in which the winners receive a long-term internship in Japan with full funding from the Japanese side. I am proud to note that many of our students have already completed internships in Japan,” said Nana Gelashvili, Head of the Department of Japanese Studies at TSU.
The event featured the arts of origami and calligraphy, Japanese martial art - Kendo demonstration, Go tournament, songs in Japanese. Traditional Japanese paintings preserved in the National Science Library of TSU and literature translated from Japanese into Georgian by Diogene Publishing House were also exhibited.