Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Tuesday inaugurated the newly established Department of Japanese Studies of Dhaka University (DU).
Department of Japanese Studies organised the three-day inauguration ceremony of the new discipline which is committed to underpin academic efforts related to Japan and Asia pacific region and strives to become a centre of excellence eventually.
Japan’s Ambassador H.E. Mr. Hiroyasu Izumi and DU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman addressed the function as the guests of honour at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on DU campus.
While addressing the programme as the chief guest, Minister Nahid said that the launching of Japanese Studies department will intensify the relationships between the two friendly nations.
“A historical relationship prevails between Bangladesh and Japan. Japanese people and their mass media rendered all out support and assistance during the War of Liberation in 1971.”
We have to build Bangladesh as a developed nation learning lessons from the political, social and economical management of Japan, he added.
He urged the students of Japanese Studies department to lead Bangladesh through creating knowledge and conducting research.
DU VC Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman said that regional and country studies are needed for overall progress of a developing country like Bangladesh.
Department of Japanese Studies will study and research on Japan which will endeavour to meet unmet up-to-date knowledge in comparative studies.
DU Pro-VC (Academic) Professor Dr Nasreen Ahmed, Pro-VC (Administration) Professor Dr Muhammad Samad, DU Social Sciences faculty dean Prof Dr Sadeka Halim and founding chairman of Japanese Studies department Professor Dr Abul Barkat, among others, addressed the ceremony.
Students got admitted for the first time in BSS (Hons.) in Japanese Studies in 2017-18 academic sessions under the Faculty of Social Sciences.