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A Graduation Ceremony for Dr. Chika Peter Ejikeugwu from the Federal Republic of Nigeria who completed his research study at Kyoto University was held on the 15th of October at MIF’s reception house in Tokyo.  At the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, directly presented the Certificate of Accomplishment and a memorial medal to the graduating Fellow. After the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO hosted a farewell luncheon and Dr. Ejikeugwu promised to enhance the relationships among the Fellows and with MIF.

A Graduation Ceremony for Dr. Faisal HUSSAIN from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan who completed his research study at Kanazawa University, Dr. Mohammad Mizanur RAHMAN KHAN from People’s Republic of Bangladesh who completed his research study at National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), Dr. Boon Yin KHOO from Malaysia who completed her research study at Kyoto University, Dr. Mie Mie Kyaw from the Republic of the Union of Myanmar who completed her research study at Kyoto University and Dr. Mahad Said Ali BAAWAIN from the Sultanate of Oman who completed his research study at Tohoku University was held on the 28th of September at MIF’s reception house in Tokyo.  At the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, and Dr. KATAYAMA, MIF’s Executive Director, presented the Certificates of Accomplishment and memorial medals to the graduating Fellows. After the ceremony, a farewell dinner was held and all the Fellows promised to enhance the relationships among the Fellows and with MIF.

A Graduation Ceremony for Dr. Mahdi MAHDIZADEH from the Islamic Republic of Iran who completed his research study at Nanzan University was held on the 25th of September at MIF’s reception house in Tokyo.  At the ceremony, Dr. KATAYAMA, MIF’s Executive Director, directly presented the Certificate of Accomplishment and a memorial medal to the graduating Fellow. After the ceremony, a farewell luncheon was held and Dr. MAHDIZADEH promised to enhance the relationships among the Fellows and with MIF.

On September 18, H.E. Mr. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Panama to Japan, and Ms. Georgette Constantino Aixpurua, Third Secretary, visited MIF and had a very constructive meeting with Prof. Toshiaki HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, and Prof. Keiichi KATAYAMA, Executive Director. MIF has ever invited 2 fellows from Panama but none since 2004. We discussed how we can increase the number of applicants from the country and both Ambassador Diaz and Prof. Hashimoto agreed to further strengthen the relationship between the embassy and MIF.

The 2nd MIF Study Tour for the Academic Year 2018 was organized between September 9th and 12th, 2018. 4 MIF fellows from Togo, Iran, Oman and Myanmar visited Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima and Hiroshima. This tour is organized by MIF annually and it gives important opportunities for the fellows to understand the cultures and tradition of Japan and think profoundly about the meaning of world peace.