On February 9th, at the General Education Hall, the last intensive language lecture was conducted for the students who will study abroad in Spain and Portugal through the project called “VIA LÁCTEA Project(Lead Organization in Japan: Kanazawa University).”
The project has been adopted by MEXT as “FY2014 Re-inventing Japan Project（ICI-ECP）” and JASSO as “FY2014 Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-Term Study Abroad/ICI-ECP).” VIA LÁCTEA Project offers a Japan-EU mobility semester program which aims primarily to foster the transnational employability of participants in the expanding cultural services and heritage management sector. The program’s transnational theme is the twinning of two UNESCO World Heritage pilgrim routes: the route of Santiago de Compostela in the northwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula and Kumano Kodo in Japan. VIA LÁCTEA Project offers a mobility semester program to 40 students and short stays for 28 staffs from four partner institutions during its three-year program running from October 2014 to September 2017.
The intensive language course has been conducted weekly since January. Through the course, students learned not only Spanish for daily conversation, but also self-introduction and university introduction in Spanish. In the final lecture, students checked their itinerary and what to bring for the departure. The 3 outbound students said, “We will do our best in order to make the program to be successful for our junior students.”
The first year inbound program in Japan is schedule to run from April 2015 to August 2015.