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23 Jul 2013

A course on Québec is offered at Konan University in Japan

Yoshimi Sugimura, President of Konan University; Hidenari Yoshizawa, Chair of the BD of Konan University; and Yoshinori Tachibanaki, Professor of the course on Québec and one of the founding members of Japan’s Québec studies association (Association japonaise des études québécoises, or AJEQ).

More than 25 students enrolled in a new course on Québec offered at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. This initiative was in line with Francophonie curriculum around the world.

The program began on June 26 and includes two 5-week sessions. The first session discussed Québec history, geography and culture. The second session will focus on the French language in Québec and Québec-Canada relations as far as language is concerned. Students will also discover Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.

This course is taught by Professor Yoshinori Tachibanaki, who was one of the project’s instigators as well as one of the first interns in Québec’s French as a second language program. However, the Konan university course is actually the 2nd university course to discuss Québec since Meiji University in Tokyo has offered a similar course for 11 years.

Mr. Yoshizawa – Chair of the Board of Directors of the Konan Institution - and Mr. Sugimura – President of Konan University – hope that this new Francophonie course will garner more and more student interest in multiculturalism, and particularly Québec.

In fact, Québec studies in Japan have developed a great deal in recent years. Many noteworthy efforts have been made by the Québec Government Office in Tokyo (DGQT) in association with the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur to achieve this, including the creation of the AJEQ.

Created in 2008, this association includes some 70 Japanese teachers who are interested in Québec, including Mr. Tachibanaki, a founding member.

Québec Government Office in Tokyo
Association japonaise des études québécoises (in French)
Konan University
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