UM RECEIVES RM60,000 GRANT FROM JACTIM FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT JAPAN STUDIES PROGRAMME
JACTIM Foundation at its Annual General Meeting this year has approved a budget of RM60,000 for the year 2017 as financial support to the Japan Studies Programme under the Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya (UM). The grant is used to assist in the further development of the Japan Studies Programme in UM as the only undergraduate programme that offers specialisation in the field of Japanese studies in Malaysia.
Mr. Yoshiaki Okabe, Chairman of JACTIM International Culture Exchange (ICE), JACTIM Foundation, presented a mock cheque to Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Hashim, UM Vice-Chancellor, in the presence of Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia on 24 November 2017.
This year, the grant is allocated for the purchase of books and journals related to Japan Studies, organizing the Japanese Language Speech and Skit Contest, publishing a book to commemorate 60 Years of Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations as well as for the upgrading of facilities at the department’s library and auditorium. In addition, scholarships are also given to 11 excellent students majoring in Japan Studies who have successfully completed their first year of studies. Each recipient received RM1,000.
The “Malaysia dan Jepun: Perspektif Sejarah, Politik, Ekonomi Dan Sosiobudaya” book launch and also the scholarship award ceremony were also held at the same event.
Since 1996, JACTIM Foundation has continuously support the Japan Studies Programme in UM as an effort to promote the understanding of Japan among students, thus bringing long-term benefits for the relationship between Japan and Malaysia.