Prof James Ogbonna, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, commissioning the Japanese collections donated to Nnamdi Azikiwe Library

Plans are in top gear  to establish  Centre for  Japanese  Language and Culture  in the University of Nigeria, Prof James Ogbonna, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, has revealed.
Prof Ogbonna made the disclosure on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Library where he commissioned 300 book titles of Japanese literature donated by  to kick-start Japanese Literature Section in the Library.
Ogbonna said the book donation was a prelude to the establishment of the Centre for Japanese language and Culture in the university, stating that the architectural design had been sent to a Japanese firm.
“A team from Japan will arrive our university very soon to inspect a parcel of land allocated for the construction of the Centre”, Prof ogbonna said while maintaining that the University of Nigeria had a lot of collaborations with institutions in Japan, courtesy of the Vice-Chancellor’s drive for partnership.
 According to him, “over 25 staff of our University are currently studying in Japan through the university' partnership programmes.”
“What we are witnessing today is part of the benefits of the Vice-Chancellor’s drive for internationalisation”, Prof Ogbonna said.  
One of the recent benefits, according to the DVC was the instant acceptance of four engineering students from the University of Nigeria by the University of Lusaka following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the universities.
Prof Ogbonna noted that the benefits of the partnership have also percolated down to the primary and secondary schools.
“Two teachers from our university primary school have been selected to spend 18 months in Japan to learn how to teach mathematics”,  the DVC academic said.
Prof Ogbonna urged the library staff to ensure that the books were kept where students would read them.
The Deputy Librarian, Dr Okoye, who received the books on behalf of the University Librarian, thanked the university administration for attracting the books.
“We are very grateful to you, I hope you will attract more books to enrich our library” he said.
He promised that the books would be made accessible to students.   
Prof. James Ogbonna, DVC Academic and Deputy Librarian, Dr M.O Okoye inspecting some of the Japanese Collections 


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