From 23 to 26 October 2019 a delegation of the Military University of Land Forces, under the leadership of the Rector-Commandant, Brig. Gen. Dariusz Skorupka, DSc, Eng., was visiting Japan.

The primary objective of the visit was to intensify training cooperation with the National Defense Academy (NDA) in Yokosuka. AWL cadets have been participating in the activities organised by the Japanese Academy for the second year now. Next year, the first visit of NDA cadets to AWL is also planned.

The programme of the trip to Japan, prepared by the Defence Attaché at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo, Col Wojciech Kaliszczak, apart from a visit to the NDA, also involved visiting the Ministry of National Defence and a meeting with Ambassador Paweł Milewski, who recently took up this post. Moreover, Col Kaliszczak accompanied AWL delegation in all projects implemented in Japan.

During the visit to the National Defense Academy, AWL delegation was received by its President,  Ryosei Kokubun, PhD, and his respective deputies. During discussions on the development of further cooperation, both sides expressed their willingness to sign a bilateral agreement in the short term. In the further part of the visit, the Polish delegation was acquainted with information concerning the Japanese Academy. The NDA's teaching, training and accommodation facilities were also presented.

In the Ministry of National Defence, the Polish delegation met with Maj.  Gen. Yuichi Togashi, Director General of the Personal and Education Department, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, who, together with his staff, showed keen interest in AWL and its cooperation with the NDA. He also welcomed the information about plans to formalise cooperation between the two higher education institutions.

The meeting with Ambassador Paweł Milewski was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Polish - Japanese cooperation. The Ambassador himself was very interested in our higher education institution - its tasks and cooperation in the international arena - especially with Japanese partners.

A short but very intensive visit to Japan was very successful. It will lead to increased cooperation with the National Defense Academy, especially in terms of short-term cadet exchanges and the conclusion of a bilateral agreement in the near future.


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