Posted on September 30, 2016

Qatar University Library (QUL) received a generous donation of more than 100 books from the Embassy of Japan to Qatar on September 26.

The event, which is part of QU’s and the embassy’s ongoing relationship, was attended by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, Japanese Ambassador to Qatar H.E. Mr Shingo Tsuda, QU College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) dean Dr Rashid Al-Kuwari, and QUL director Dr Imad Bachir, as well as QU faculty, students and staff. The donated books cover various areas such as Japanese culture, History, contemporary novels, dictionaries, and children’s books.

H.E. Mr Shingo Tsuda noted that this month marks the 3rd year since Japanese courses were launched at QU. He also noted that the Japanese Language Speech Competition which was held this year at QU attracted 13 students across the university. He said: “This ceremony dates since 1989. Since then and with today’s donation, the volume of Japanese books at QUL exceeds 1000 books. I sincerely hope that these books will provide students with a valuable opportunity to broaden their knowledge on Japan and its culture.”

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Dr Rashid Al-Kuwari said: “This event is in line with the framework of QU’s mission to strengthen its intellectual ties with various sectors locally, regionally and internationally. We value this generous donation that certainly enriches QU Library’s collection.” Dr Al-Kuwari also noted that the mutual relations between Qatar and Japan have been revived over the last few decades. He also noted that CAS hosted over the last years various events that showcase the rich Japanese culture, and that the College looks forward to hosting more events in the near future.