Gifu University Students Paid a Courtesy Call on Gifu City Mayor

Mr. Mark Tetsumi Suzukawa from University of Campinas, Brazil, and two Gifu University students; Mr. Goki Shibata, first-year student of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology; Mr. Mirai Yoshida, third-year student of the Faculty of Engineering, paid a courtesy call on Gifu City Mayor Masanao Shibahashi at his office on January 29, 2019. From Gifu University, Dr. Fumiaki Suzuki, Executive Director for International Relations and Public Relations, Professor Tomonao Kobayashi at the Faculty of Engineering and Ms. Haruko Nonomura, Director for International Affairs and Planning attended the meeting.

Mr. Suzukawa is a student at University of Campinas, the oldest Gifu University overseas partner university. He was accepted into a bilateral short-term inbound engineering program. During his stay in Japan, he was engaged in research at Gifu University under the instruction of Professor Kobayashi. Mr. Shibata and Mr. Yoshida studied at University of Campinas also under the short-term outbound program.

Gifu City and Campinas have had a sister city relationship since 1982. In July 2018, Mayor Shibahashi and city officials were invited to visit Campinas and University of Campinas. In the meeting with the mayor, three students reported their experiences and impressions about their studies abroad to the mayor.

"Gifu is truly blessed with the rich natural environment. I am enjoying every moment here in Gifu and Japan," said Mr. Suzukawa. Later, he talked about Brazilian culinary delicacy with the mayor. Mr. Shibata and Mr. Yoshida both commented on University of Campinas' strong emphasis on research programs/projects.

"Campinas has a magnificent cityscape. I hope we could cherish our sister city relationship for many years to come," the mayor said.

We look forward to a strong student and faculty exchange with University of Campinas built on the long-term solid foundation of friendship initiated in 1984.

Meeting with the mayor
(from left) Professor Kobayashi, Mr. Yoshida,
Mr. Suzukawa, Mayor Shibahashi, Mr. Shibata,
Dr. Suzuki and Ms. Nonomura


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