On Tuesday, December 1st, the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies concluded a partnership agreement with Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, that pertains to the city’s regional development.
During the signing ceremony held at the Takaoka City Hall, President Takeshi Matsuda of KUFS stated, “It is our great pleasure to conclude an agreement with Takaoka City, home to extraordinary traditional industries. We hope to be of use in creating an active community.” Mayor Masaki Takahashi followed with his comment, “I am pleased that young students will walk the streets in our city. I want them to be able to see both the good and the bad and share things about Takaoka City through their own fresh perceptions.”
About 15 students of the Faculty of Global Engagement will stay in Takaoka City as part of their Community Engagement Program from February 8th to the 26th. They will experience firsthand how the community is today and observe the city’s traditional industries, then come up with proposals to revitalize the region. On a different note, the signing ceremony was featured on page 22 of the Kitanihon Shimbun’s morning paper on Wednesday, December 2nd.