IMG_4485On December 08, the agreement was signed between Vytautas Magnus University and Showa Women’s University (SWU) in Japan . This is the thirteenth partner university of VMU in Japan.

Japan Women’s School of Higher Education (日本女子高等学院, Nihon Joshi Kōtō Gakuin), the predecessor of this university, was established by poet Enkichi Hitomi (pseudonym: Tōmei Hitomi), who gathered together his intelligentsia friends that sympathized with the minds of those fashionable idols at the time, notably Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

2015 March 31st , VMU Rector Prof. Zigmas Lydeka paid a visit to SWU and met with rector Prof. Mariko Bando. During the visit, the opportunity to conclude an agreement and expand student exchange network was discussed. An old friend of the Centre for Asian Studies Prof. Sonoko Shima also attended the meeting.