Opening Ceremony of the first Short Online Program (SOP) Delivered by the University of Technology, Jamaica to Chiba University Students


On September 5, took place the first short online program delivered by the University of Technology, Jamaica to Chiba University students under the Program of University Internationalization by the Japan Association for Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean (JAPOLAC).

The three-week synchronous short online program includes an introduction to Jamaica’s history, geography and culture; a course on Jamaica’s energy sector; a course on Jamaica’s ecology and climate change; and a component for cultural exchange and interaction between Japanese and Jamaican university students.

The opening ceremony was honored by the presence of H.E. Masaya Fujiwara, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, H.E. Shorna-Kay Richards, Ambassador of Jamaica to Japan, Professor Makoto Watanabe, Vice President of Chiba University, and Professor Colin Gyles, President (Acting) of the University of Technology, Jamaica.

During the welcoming remarks, the Director Representative of JAPOLAC, Dr. Ritter Diaz, pointed out that this program will serve as the first step for a closer academic cooperation between Chiba University and the University of Technology, Jamaica.

JAPOLAC’s short online programs seek to introduce practical knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean countries (LAC) to Japanese university students, encouraging them to visit and study in the LAC region.

JAPOLAC participates at Costa Rica Trade Promotion Event


Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of JAPOLAC participated at the Costa Rica Activation Fair on July 8, 2022, at NewsPicks Ginza.

The event was organized by the Embassy of Costa Rica together with Costa Rica Trade Promotion Agency with the purpose of showcasing high quality Costa Rican products such as bananas, coffee, chocolate, dehydrated pineapples, jams, rum, among others.

One of the objectives of JAPOLAC is trade facilitation between Japan and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean focusing on the promotion of small and medium size companies.

 

 

Meeting with Mrs. Sandy Dávila Sandoval, Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. of Nicaragua


Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of the Japan Association for Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean (JAPOLAC), accompanied by directors of the Association, held a meeting with Mrs. Sandy Dávila Sandoval, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Republic of Nicaragua to explain the objectives and activities of the Association.

Mrs. Dávila expressed her thankfulness for the visit and introduction of the Association, expressing interest in the activities of the JAPOLAC In this regard, she said that she will seek instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua to explore ways of collaboration with the Association.

Meeting with H.E. Cesar Montaño, Ambassador of Ecuador


Dr. Ritter Diaz, Representative Director of the Japan Association for Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean (JAPOLAC), accompanied by directors of the Association, held a meeting with H.E. Cesar Montaño Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ecuador to explain the objectives and activities of the Association.

Ambassador Montaño expressed its interest to cooperate with JAPOLAC, conveying his good wishes and support for the activities of Association.

Outcome of Academic Cooperation between Panama Technological University and Chiba University in the Field of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)


In June this year, the Panama Technological University (PTU) launched the first laboratory on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) in Panama, an emerging agriculture technology created to produce vegetables in closed structures using hydroponics and artificial light.

This laboratory is the result of academic cooperation between PTU and Chiba University. In 2015, both universities signed an academic exchange agreement to train Panamanian students and researchers in this new agriculture technology.

Later on, with the support of the Panama National Secretariat of Science and Technology, the laboratory became a reality and started testing the effect of LED lights on the growth, development and nutritional quality of lettuces.

See the laboratory at this site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HSBwQwOhb4 ( in Spanish)

CEA offers an alternative to produce food in closed environments, protecting crops from severe weather conditions generated by climate change, and increasing food security.

JAPOLAC works closely with CU to showcase this new agriculture technology to universities across the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.