16 March, Sendai – Japan’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Fumio Kishida, paid a special visit to the Qatar Science Campus Hall (QSC) at Tohoku University on 15 March. He was introduced to the facility by H.E. Yousef Bilal, Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan and Chair of the Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF).
The Qatar Science Campus Hall is a brand new state-of-the-art learning centre located in the university’s science and engineering department. Built with the support of a 200 million yen grant from QFF, QSC’s aim is to inspire children to take a deeper interest in science and manufacturing.
“Qatar wants many children to learn in this facility, to realise their dreams, and as a result, to build the future of Tohoku,” said H.E. Bilal.
H.E. Kishida’s visit coincided with the 3rd UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai on 14-18 March. Having witnessed the campus first-hand, he noted:
“This is a project that has benefitted many people. We are extremely grateful to Qatar for providing such an important educational programme for children in Japan.”
The Qatar Science Campus Hall first opened its doors in August 2014. Since then, over 10,000 elementary, junior high, and high school students have participated in thematic workshops, learning activities, or industrial sites visits. In addition to offering children in Miyagi Prefecture an engaging schedule of educational events, there are now plans to expand access to the facilities to children outside of the prefecture too.