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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Sumi Shigeki met with administration and students of MSU

A delegation from Japan visited Mariupol State University for the first time on May 30th. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Sumi Shigeki meet with students and discussed cooperation in the field of education, science and culture with the administration of the university.

Mariupol State University has been hosting visits of numerous foreign delegations lately. This makes the university an influential center of public diplomacy in Ukraine. Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski, the ambassadors of the USA, France, Sweden, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania and the Czech Republic visited the university this academic year. Such attention is particularly important considering the complicated military and political situation in the region.

Rector of Mariupol State University, Professor, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus in Mariupol Kostyantyn Balabanov noted that the visit of Sumi Shigeki, a diplomat with nearly 40 years of experience in the field of international relations was a great opportunity to establish business contacts with an advanced country, which is one of the leading countries in the field of science and education. Rector gave a tour of scientific, educational and cultural centers of the University to Mr. Ambassador and discussed the prospects of cooperation, including the opening of a Japanese culture center at the premises of the University.

It was a pleasant surprise for the students of MSU to meet with the Ambassador of Japan. Meeting with the youth did not last long, but it was very productive. Sumi Shigeki has told about certain Japanese projects aimed at providing support to Ukraine and Ukrainian people, and then answered questions from the audience. Students demonstrated their wit as they were asking questions both in English and in Japanese. In addition, they were interested in the experience of solving environmental problems, the possibility of internship in Japan and diplomats’ views on National Police. Japan is the largest donor country for Ukraine as it actively promotes state reforms by providing not only financial support but also knowledgeable assistance. Ukraine, with the support of Japan, has implemented a number of major projects on modernization of water purification equipment and transport facilities. In addition, the country provides assistance to Ukrainian schools, hospitals and power stations through the UN agencies and Kusanone program within the framework of which financial assistance to non-profit organizations is provided from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

During the visit to MSU, Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine Sumi Shigeki expressed readiness to promote cooperation between MSU and Japanese universities, scientific and cultural institutions and wished people of Mariupol 'happiness and prosperity in this difficult time."

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