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07. 08, 2014

Completion Ceremony for the first students of the Japanese Language Program and Signing Ceremony of Renewed MOU Held

The Completion Ceremony for the first 20 students of COSMO-ADOC-Ritsumeikan Japanese Language Teaching Program which has been carried out at Applied Technology High School Abu Dhabi (ATHS) since September 2011 was held at ATHS Boys Campus on 15th June. The Grade 12 (third-year in Japanese high school) boys and girls Japanese language learners gathered as well as Grade 10 and 11 Japanese language learners, the representative from ATHS, the representatives from sponsor companies, and also DCM and Minister from the Embassy of Japan in the United Arab Emirates to celebrate the completion of three-year Japanese language study and entering the new chapter of their lives.

On behalf of all the graduating students, three boys made a speech in Japanese to share their experience in classrooms and great memories from the short-term study programs in Japan, and expressed their appreciation for the teachers and the sponsors. The girls showed a short film which they made to share their memorable anecdotes.

Each student is taking their own path towards their dreams after graduating from ATHS, but we must mention
that 10 out 20 students are starting their new lives in Japan and continuing their Japanese Language study in order to enroll in a university in Japan. We hope they will become the bridge between Japan and Abu Dhabi in the future. The other half of students are also keen to continue deepening their understanding of Japanese Language and the culture, and hoping to come back to Japan one day. We wish them all the best!

After the Completion Ceremony, we moved onto the Signing Ceremony of renewed MOU. The original MOU which was signed in 2011 was to expire in July this year, therefore the renewed MOU for the next three years was signed by Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Managing Director of the Institute of Applied Technology (the parent body of ATHS), Mr. Yukihiro Tanaka, Representative and General Manager of Abu Dhabi Oil Co., Ltd., Mr. Kazuhiro Hirano, General Manager of Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd., and Dr. ToyoOmi Nagata, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of the Ritsumeikan Trust (deputy signer: Dr. Tsutomu Kanayama, Director of Division of Global Planning and Partnerships). We will continue to work hard to develop the project even more and tighten our cooperation with all the related parties.