In its aim to promote the knowledge and the prestige of the euskera and the Basque culture in the international scene, the Etxepare Basque Institute continues completing its network of Basque Language and Culture readerships in universities worldwide. Next year a new one will be launched at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, which will become the first Basque Studies program in Japan; in Autumn, the Etxepare Basque Institute and the University will sign a cooperation agreement that will implement this new academic offer.
Through the agreement, the University is committed to introduce studies of Basque language, culture, society and history in the School of International and Area Studies and the School of Language and Culture Studies. The studies will be included in graduate and graduate programs and will provide the same number of credits to courses of similar duration and level. The university will also carry out promotion and research activities related to these studies, such as seminars, talks, conferences, symposia, etc..
The mission of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is to conductresearch and instruction, both theoretical and practical, on the world´s languages and the cultures rooted in them, to provide the cultural refinement necessary to engage in international activities, and to deepen the understanding of the world through the study of their languages. The university teaches about 50 languages and researchs on many others.
By the way, the Etxepare Basque Institute would like to thank the Japanese Basque Sho Hagio, Nami Kaneko and Hiromi Yoshida for their long work in favor of the dissemination of the Basque culture in Japan, as well as for supporting the Institute.
Next year the Etxepare readership network will be made up of 27 readers (teachers), who will teach at 34 universities in 17 countries.