Saitama University (255 Shimo-Okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama City, Saitama 338-8570 JAPAN, represented by its President, Takafumi Sakai) has decided to accept two students of Poltava V.Ｇ. Korolenko National Pedagogical University, which concluded the exchange agreement with Saitama University in 2021, as refugees from Ukraine. At Saitama University, the two students will belong to the International Office of Saitama University and learn about Japan including Japanese language, Japanese culture and so on.
Saitama Prefecture will provide them prefectural housing. Saitama University will pay their travel and living expenses and exempt their tuition fees. The period of support is scheduled until March 31, 2023 but may be extended depending on the future situation.
In addition, the University will also open Japanese language classes to the refugees from Ukraine accepted by Saitama Prefecture.
＜Comment from President Takafumi Sakai, Saitama University＞
I am deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine. In order to ensure that the students do not lose their educational opportunities, we are committed to fulfilling our mission as an educational institution by providing support for students from our partner institution and opening our Japanese language classes to the refugees from Ukraine.
＜Reference: Exchange Agreement concluded between Saitama University and Poltava V.Ｇ. Korolenko National Pedagogical University＞
Saitama University concluded the exchange agreement including student exchange with Poltava V.Ｇ. Korolenko National Pedagogical University in June 2021. Poltava V.G Korolenko National Pedagogical University is one of Ukraine’s oldest universities with its roots dating back to 1914 with the Poltava Teachers Institute. It is a medium-sized national university that is highly regarded in the country for both education and research. Today, the university has seven schools and 36 departments offering degree programs in a variety of subject areas.
Professor Susumu Nonaka of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Saitama University and Professor Oliga Nikolenko of Poltava V.Ｇ. Korolenko National Pedagogical University have conducted joint research since 2012, which led to the conclusion of the agreement. With their cooperation, the student seminar was held online in 2020. Specific exchanges between the two universities are ongoing.
(Excerpt from the press release of June 21, 2021)
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