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October

NEWS REPORT

Towards new advancements for the Middle East and Waseda

Saudi Arabia Kingdom Day

The Honorable Faisal Hassan Trad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Japan, speaks at the seminar presented by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Tokyo

In 2006, His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Waseda University. Afterwards, President Katsuhiko Shirai accepted an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia. Since his visit, friendly relations with Saudi Arabia have been deepened in each of the stages of industry, academia, and government. Furthermore, in order to promote research and education with the Middle East, Waseda has received various support, such as a significant donation in the name of Saudi Arabia Kingdom to commemorate the 125th anniversary Waseda’s founding.

The Waseda University Middle East General Research Institute was opened in April of this year to further advance the Middle East research of Waseda, as well as the exchange of research and students with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia Kingdom Day was held from the 17th to the 23rd of June as a kickoff event for the opening of the institute. The ICC (International Community Center) held the “ICC Arabian Café” as an event for the exchange of culture and students. Other events included a seminar presented by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Tokyo, by the Honorable Faisal Hassan Trad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Japan, as well as the following 3 events involving the staff of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia: a Special Lecture by the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, the First Commemorative Symposium of the Waseda University Middle East General Research Institute, and a Saudi Arabia Day Special Exhibition of “Energy for the Future”. These events, which were attended by large numbers of students, faculty and staff, and the general public, were an outstanding opportunity to increase understanding towards Saudi Arabia and to deepen the friendship between the two countries.

Yoshiyori Urano, Director of the Middle East General Research Institute, gives the opening address at the First Commemorative Symposium of the Waseda University Middle East General Research Institute

Scene at the Special Exhibition of “Energy for the Future”

Students try Arabian coffee at the ICC Arabian Cafe