Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) welcomed new faculty members who joined the college this academic year to teach courses related to Japan, its history, culture and language.
A reception held last Monday introduced Prof Isam Hamza, Marubeni Chair in Humanities; Prof Curtis Andressen, Marubeni Chair in Social Sciences; and Ms Salwa El Shorbagy, lecturer in Japanese language to the College in the presence of QU Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna, Ambassador of Japan to Qatar H.E. Shingo Tsuda, Marubeni Qatar Managing Director Mr Masataka Inou, CAS Dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi, and CAS Associate Dean Dr Steven Wright.
The positions, which are funded by Marubeni Corporation, are the product of an agreement signed in April 2012 between the two partners in which CAS will receive $6m over a five-year period from Marubeni, one of Japan’s largest and most respected trading and investment companies.
In her remarks, Dr Eiman Mustafawi said: “As a result of the MoU, these critical positions have been filled this year. Judging by the number of students enrolled in the courses we offer in Japanese studies, we can see the strong interest our students have shown in the language, culture and society of Japan. My expectation is that this interest will continue to grow. I extend sincere thanks to Marubeni Corporation for their generous support and wish the new faculty all the best”.
Ambassador Tsuda said: “While bilateral ties between Qatar and Japan have been growing steadily based on trade and energy, these ties have been expanded recently in other fields such as culture and education. I hope this initiative will further grow and last long”.