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A Graduation Ceremony for 2 MIF Fellows from India and Thailand was held on the 30th of October at MIF’s seminar house in Tokyo.  At the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, directly presented the Certificates of Accomplishment and memorial medals to the respective Fellows. After the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO hosted a farewell luncheon where the Fellows promised to develop the relationships among the Fellows and with MIF.

A Graduation Ceremony for 5 MIF Fellows from Malawi, Greece, Ukraine, China and Poland was held on the 29th of September at MIF’s seminar house in Tokyo. These 5 Fellows are expected to return to their home countries before October. At the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO, MIF’s Chairperson, directly presented the Certificates of Accomplishment and memorial medals to the respective Fellows. After the ceremony, Prof. HASHIMOTO hosted a reception where the Fellows promised to develop the relationships among the Fellows and with MIF.

August 31st was the day for the deadline for the 2018 Fellowship Program. More than 150 applications were submitted from all over the world. It is phenomenal to see more female and African applicants than previous years.

The screening process will be conducted by the Secretariat and then by the Screening Committee and the final recipients will be announced in or before this mid-December.

The 2nd MIF Study Tour for the Academic Year 2017 was conducted between September 3rd and 6th. 13 MIF fellows from all over the world participated in the Tour this time and had good opportunities to understand the culture and tradition of Japan and think profoundly about the world peace in the cities of Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima and Hiroshima respectively. We also had, for the very first time in MIF’s history, two students from the Undergraduate School of Tourism, Tokai University to assign them as interpreters/assistants for the participating fellows.

The 1st MIF Study Tour for the Academic Year 2017 was organized between July 9th and 12th. Two MIF fellows, Dr. Anuwat WIRATSUDAKUL from Thailand and Dr. Maria Atanassova PETROVA from Bulgaria, 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 world peace.

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