The University of Danang celebrated Conferment Ceremony of Honorary Doctorate Degree upon Hon. Seiji Hagiwara – Mayor, the City of Mimasaka, Okayama, Japan



In the morning of 26/7, the University of Danang (UD) held a solemn Conferment Ceremony of Honorary Doctorate Degree upon Hon.Seiji Hagiwara, the  Mayor  of Mimasaka City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan for his contribution to develop cooperation on education, labor and employment and strengthen the Vietnam - Japan friendship between Mimasaka City and Danang City.

The Mayor.Seiji Hagiwara was accompanied by Mr. Norimoto Takashi (Chairman of Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Mimasaka); Mr. Yamamoto (Senator of Mimasaka City).


The two parties took photo for the spirit of friendship and fruitful cooperation.


Flag Salute of Vietnam and Japan.


Prof. Tran Van Nam – President of UD presented Honorary Doctorate Degree to Hon.Hagiwara Seiji.


Hon. Hagiwara Seiji received congratulation flowers from international delegates.


The Mayor.Seiji Hagiwara has made a positive contribution in building friendship relations and cooperation between UD and Mimasaka City through meaningful activities, especially the programs of human exchanges promotion.



Hon.Seiji Hagiwara shared his predestined affinity to Vietnam from the first step to Vietnam.


Hon. Seiji Hagiwara, the incumbent Mayor of  Mimasaka City from 2014 to the present, had experienced many responsibilities in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Japan (1980-1998). Formerly, he hold the position of the Mayor of Okayama city (1999-2005). From 2005-2009, he was a member  House of Representatives of Japan. And from 2010 to 2013, he was a professor at Teikyo Heisei University (2010); Academic Professor in charge of Research Center for Information Technology - University Housei (2011-2013). Since the time of taking office in March, 2014 as the Mayor, he has embarked on policies to solve the problem of aging population that is rapidly increased and population decrease of the Mamasaki city. Three months later (7/2014), he made an important paper, "International Relations seen from the key city". On  April 06, 2015, on behalf of the Mimasaka City,  he signed  the Bilateral Agreement between Mimasaka City, Japan and the University of Danang - Vietnam. In addition, he is also active in the field of consultancy, policy decisions support of the organizations as an advisor of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos and private businesses. From 2010 until now, Hon. Hagiwara Seiji has taken responsibility of Chairman of the Risk Management Association,  Small and Medium Enterprises Support Association , ...

Speaking at the Ceremony, Prof. Tran Van Nam - President of UD said: "The conferment of  title" Honorary Doctorate Degree" upon some foreign citizens for their outstanding achievements in research, teaching and cooperation development with the University is an attempt of UD in the expanding to the world by its capacity, quality and prestige. "


Prof. Tran Van Nam – President of UD delivered speech at the Ceremony.


 “We believe that Hon. Hagiwara Seiji, who is awarded the honorary doctorate degree today, along with other honorary doctor awarded by UD, will act as ambassadors of the university, contribute to expanding the reputation of UD to the world, strengthen existing international relationships and develop new collaboration, consolidate and develop collaborative relationship deeply and strongly of  higher education systems between Vietnam and Japan, particularly between UD and Mimasaka City, Japan” expressed Prof.Tran Van Nam




Musical performance at the Ceremony expressed the unique culture of the two countries


Making speech at the Ceremony, Hon.Hagiwara Seiji  emphasized: "In order to strengthen the cooperation relations between the two sides and make them become more cohesive, we have planned to establish a Center of Mimasaka, Japan at UD and support graduates of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, UD to come to Japan for further study. Also, towards the Olympic  and Paralympics Games in 2020 that will be held in Tokyo, I would like to continue to promote women's football exchanges between the two countries. Finally, I look forward to further strengthening cooperation  with Vietnam, especially with UD ".


Taking group photo


End of the ceremony, the participants have jointly taken souvenir pictures, expressing solidarity, friendship and solid cooperation; towards common goals in the future.


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