Foundation shares resources with ISD
Japan Foundation, Manila Office (JFMO) donated various instructional
materials for students enrolled in the Japan Studies Program
on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Chair of the International Studies Department (ISD) Dr. Isagani
Cruz formally accepted the donation during a ribbon cutting
ceremony held at the International Studies Seminar Room, formerly
The donations were four computer hardware and software, including
peripherals, such as a scanner, colored laser printers, two
CD-writers, and a video capture card. Aside from the computers,
JFMO also gave audiovisual equipment and a projector screen,
such as a state of the art digital projector with 1,000 lumens,
a television, 5-speaker component, a DVD player, including
an audio-video rack. The Foundation also donated 157 books
and 60 Japanese movie titles in VHS format.
JFMO Director Motohisa Shimizu believed the importance of
supporting the area of Japan studies in the country because
it promotes mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines
through the sharing of knowledge and resources. It also enhances
their cultural exchange.
Cruz expressed gratitude to the Japan Foundation and assured
that the donations will be fully used by students not only
within the context of their Japan Studies curriculum, but
also within the general context of the academic exchange the
university has with Japanese universities such as Waseda and
Project Director for the JFMO Upgrading of Facilities Grant
Laureen Velasco said that the JFMO has provided a very generous
amount for the IS seminar room.
The marker for the seminar room was unveiled on that day,
in the presence of JFMO officials including Program Director
for Education Cecille EJ Aquino and administrators from the
College of Liberal Arts and the University Library. Vice Dean
Dr. Eric Batalla gave the closing remarks.