Japan’s Foreign Minister Honors Lao Academic for Japanese Language Education

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Mr. Mixay Soukchaleun, Vice Dean, Faculty of Letters, National University of Laos received a Certificate of Commendation from Japan’s Foreign Minister Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa on Wednesday.       

The award was presented to Mr. Mixay Soukchaleun by Mr. Kobayashi Kenichi, Ambassador of Japan to Laos.

Mr. Mixay has been leading the Department of Japanese, Faculty of Letters, National University of Laos for about 20 years since its establishment in 2003 as the Head of Department and remains actively engaged as a Japanese language teacher.

The Department of Japanese Language has been able to play an important role in the academic development of both Lao students and researchers to become well-versed in Japanese from his long-standing efforts and continuous commitment to education.

Several students in the Department gain experience from studying in Japan for one year or more via the Government of Japan’s MEXT scholarships, inter-university exchange programs, and other scholarship programs.

A significant number of those Lao students under his tutelage have gone on to make contributions and experience diverse and impactful careers related to Japan and/or the Japanese language following their graduation.

In order to promote Japanese language education, the Government of Japan has provided the Department with multifaceted support, including construction of new school buildings, dispatch of language experts, and provision of teaching materials etc.

The Embassy of Japan expressed gratitude to Mr. Mixay for his outstanding contributions towards promotion of Japanese language education in Laos.

Since he left the Department in last October due to his promotion to Vice Dean of the Faculty of Letters, he has continued to teach in the Department with a strong passion and long term commitment that are both greatly respected and admired.

The Embassy sincerely hopes that he will continue to play a role as a highly valued and special partner to our team.

The 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Laos will be marked in 2025.

The Embassy is very grateful that the team at the Department of Japanese Language will continue its contributions and provide further impetus to the development of bilateral relations between Japan and Laos.

In cooperation with the National University of Laos, the Embassy of Japan will continue to make every effort to strengthen our bilateral relations.