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2014-04-15 00:00:05

Prof. from Japan Surprised by How Educated Lithuanians Are & Beauty of Vilnius

dsc1678 April 15th, 2014, the online news website DELFI.lt published an interview with Prof. Katsuhiko Namikawa from Japan's Josai University, on his first visit to Vilnius.

He was surprised by how educated Lithuanians are, the beauty of Vilnius and how well the new blends with that which is old.

"I love the atmosphere in the air," Prof. Namikawa said speaking of Vilnius.

He said to come to Vilnius was sort of like a dream of his, because he had heard much about Lithuania. "I am awed by  your country.." he said and added that he was also surprised by how educated Lithuanians are.

"Life is in our hands and there's no need to be afraid to experiment..." he said.

He urged Lithuanians to come to Japan for a day or two and to not be afraid to stay longer.

"Not many Japanese can come see Lithuania that is why not many people know about this country, but we will try to change this situation," the professor said.

On April 15th, Prof. Namikawa was at Mykolas Romeris University along with representatives from six other European and Asian universities to create the Knowledge Consortium: Social Technologies for Smart and Inclusive Society (SOCTECH).

Set up of the consortium gave the start of building the MRU Social Technologies international mobile centre. The Centre will include e-Health, Safety research laboratories as well as education technologies, creative industries, business modelling, environment management labs and other spaces that are suitable not only for group work, but also for individual study and research.

The 4-story modern building will be erected alongside current buildings on MRU's campus and is set to be completed by May of 2015.

(photo by V. Gelumbauskas)