Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, was highly impressed by KIC’s actions
Mr. Kenji Fukuoka, Vice President of KIC, joined a meeting that was sponsored by the Japanese government
when Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, visited Japan.
-From meeting with Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda to joining to the welcoming
dinners at the Official Residence of the Prime Minister -
Mr. Kenji Fukuoka, Vice President of KIC, was invited to the meeting and events that were sponsored by the Japanese government when Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Chairman of African Union, visited Japan on January 8th, 2019.
Mr. Paul Kagame and his wife met with the Emperor and Empress in the afternoon. After that they had a meeting with Mr. Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor of Kobe City, Mr. Hiro Matsushita, Chairman and CEO of Swift-Xi Inc., and Mr. Kenji Fukuoka, Vice President of KIC.
On the Rwanda side, the Foreign Minister, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of ICT and Innovation, the Minister of Infrastructure, the Mayor of Kigali City and the Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, participated with Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. The meeting with key members who are in positions which play a pivotal role in the state of Rwanda was realized.
In the meeting with Mr. Paul Kagame, Mr. Kenji Fukuoka talked to him about what KIC has been doing with
Rwanda through the ABE initiative as well as how KIC is strengthening cooperation with
African countries like Rwanda for the future.
Mr. Paul Kagame responded positively, stating “Let’s begin all the activities we talked about today!” He showed a positive attitude to not only strengthening cooperation between KIC and Rwanda but also to strengthening economic exchanges between Kobe city and Rwanda.
KIC has cooperated with African countries like Rwanda through ICT since a little less than 10 years ago. Today’s meeting with Mr. Paul Kagame was one of KIC’s many actions.
In the evening following the meeting, the welcoming dinner for Mr. Paul Kagame and his wife was held at the Official Residence of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. Mr. Kenji Fukuoka, Vice President of KIC, was invited as a representative from the Japanese educational section because KIC has been contributing to developing human resources for Rwanda. He exchanged opinions with Mr. Shinzo Abe and Mr. Paul Kagame regarding future plans for developing human resources for Rwanda while enjoying dinner.
Mr. Shinzo Abe and Mr. Paul Kagame mentioned and praised our many actions and achievements on such sequence of events.
We are reassured that “Developing Human Resources” is an essential factor for the partnership between
Japan and Rwanda, and it is our mission.
We will continue our progress.
KIC has signed a MoU with Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Store Kobe branch
KIC has signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Store Kobe branch for creating a cooperative relationship in the ICT field. The MoU aims to understand what customers need, improve the quality of customer services, and invigorate local communities in Kobe. Our signing ceremony for the MoU was held on January 15th, 2019.
Daimaru Department Store (est. 1717), as well as Matsuzakaya Department Store (est. 1611), had both been established as drapery stores, and had turned their business into the tradition ever since their foundations. Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Store has been deeply loved by numerous customers as a long-established department store representing Japan.
We have been engaging in PBL (Project Based Learning) in cooperation with various local companies since KIC started in 2005. This MoU is very important for all students in KIC because we can create opportunities for solving problems practically by utilizing ICT in the real world.
Mr. Kenji Fukuoka, Vice-President of KIC, stated that “I do not know when new values will be born or what will be born, but at our university not only Japanese but also foreign students are enrolled from diverse nationalities, including African nations. I would like to contribute to solving problems from various perspectives.”
We play a more important role for not only developing Africa but also invigorating local communities in Kobe.
Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of Ministry of ICT and Innovation, visited KIC
Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Mr. Antoine Sebera, Government Chief Innovation Officer of RISA (Rwanda Information Society Authority), Mr. Alex Ntale, CEO of ICT Chamber, and some members from Rwanda visited KIC on January 11th, 2019.
KIC has been training students from Rwanda and sending them back as highly skilled ICT personnel or as
KIC has signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Rwanda Ministry of ICT for creating a cooperative relationship in the development of human resources and industries because the achievement of "ICT Human Resource Development Project in Kigali, Rwanda," which has been entrusted business from JICA since October 2017, was highly evaluated.
At this time, KIC gave a presentation on what we have been doing for Africa, like in Rwanda, and talked about the gaming department from Kobe Denshi vocational school and held a tour of both of KIC and Kobe Denshi vocational school. Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of Ministry of ICT and Innovation, was impressed, and mentioned that “We want to have same education system even in Rwanda.” We recognized again that Rwanda also needs our cooperation from not only KIC but also Kobe Denshi vocational school.
They also participated in a meeting with students from Rwanda as well as a welcome event. Ms. Paula Ingabire,
Minister of Ministry of ICT and Innovation, applauded the great effort from the students.
It was good opportunity for them.
KIC will continue to promote the development ICT human resources in cooperation with Rwanda.
The event “Kagami Biraki 2019” was held
“Kagami Biraki”, one of the Japanese traditional events for the new year was held in KIC at lunch time on January 17th, 2019. “Kagami Biraki” means the cutting of New Year's Mochi (rice-cakes).
It was held to enable ICT Innovator Course students to experience traditional culture in Japan. The students from the ICT Professional Course and teachers joined in too. It was a very lively and diverse party.
Some of the students had trouble using chopsticks, but they seemed to enjoy the Japanese tradition of eating “Isobe Mochi (fried rice-cakes covered in soy sauce and wrapped in dried seaweed)”.
About 4 months has passed since M1 students in the ICT Innovator Course came to Japan. They have gotten used to use chopsticks little by little. They enjoyed eating the rice-cakes.
Digital Cooperation Talks: Akaliza Keza Ntwari
Ms. Akaliza Keza Ntwari, who graduated from the KIC Innovator course in September, 2016, was appointed as a member of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, which was established by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, to advance a dialogue on strengthening international cooperation in the digital age.
She was interviewed by the Digital Cooperation.
The question is “Why is cooperation necessary in the digital age?”