KWASU to begin Asian Studies .....

In line with its vision of becoming a world-class University, the Kwara State University, Malete, is to start an Institute for Asian Studies with a focus on the role of Asian languages in Africa.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah announced this when an international linguist and visiting scholar to the institution from Kyoto University, Japan, Dr Noa Nishimoto, paid him a courtesy call in his office, on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Prof Na’Allah, who noted that arrangements are in top gear to commence the Asian Studies in the University said the reason for the initiative is to expose the students to the role of Asian languages in Africa.

While acknowledging the efficacy of Chinese traditional medicine, he said that KWASU would also run a programme in Traditional Medicine to complement the orthodox one in the nearest future. The Vice-Chancellor therefore appreciated the Visiting Scholar for her contributions to the advancement of African Languages and urged her to initiate the visit of more international scholars to KWASU for mutual benefit.

On her part, Dr Nishimoto said her visit would establish a form of collaboration between her University and KWASU in the area of African Linguistics. The international linguist explained that her visit would also allow for exchange of ideas with young researchers and students at KWASU, meeting with the local people, and exposure to the local language and food. She added that it was also an opportunity for KWASU students to learn about the Japanese Language.

Also speaking, the Head of Department, Linguistics and African Languages, Professor Nike Lawal said the visit was aimed at educating Nigerians on the need to see the importance of their local languages just as the Japanese and Chinese do.