Exchange Program between Japanese and local university

An exchange program between students and staff at the National University of Samoa and Japan's Tokai University was held at the national university on Friday to give the foreign students a taste of Samoan culture.

The exchange program started with an ‘ava ceremony followed by traditional performances by university students from both universities.

The Tokai University-owned research and training Vessel Bosei Maru docked at the Matautu wharf last Thursday with 98 students and 14 university staff. It was the fourth time for the vessel to visit Samoa. 

Kazuhari Yoshida, vice chancellor of Tokai University, said this year marks 50 years of the Bosei Maru student cruise and they were very excited to be in Samoa. 

“A total of 98 students and 14 university faculty staff excluding the seamen who are in Samoa and we are very happy to be here.

 “In this cruise we have planned to exchange programs with only Samoa, we are stopping over at other ports but exchange programs with only Samoa,” he said. 

Tokai University student, Tomoya Nakasone, said he was happy to be a part of the event with students from the NUS describing the Samoan students as “very funny people but kind to Japanese.”

“I love Samoan people. I was very excited to be a part of this and I still am excited even after all the performances.

“Samoan performances [are] very good and I was surprised and excited and I hope Samoan people love Japan too,” he said.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Samoan students who were putting on a show for their visitors saying they enjoyed the opportunity to meet and learn from the Japanese students.

Tokai University is one of the many universities in Japan that receive Samoan students through Japan International Cooperation Agency education scholarship schemes.

Bosei Maru departed Samoa last Friday morning. 

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