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Professor Mamoto with his students on a visit to their accommodation at Marlborough Court.
Professor Mamoto with his students at their accommodation in Marlborough Court
L to R: Howard Thomas, Prof Mamoto, Mrs Mamoto, Profs Reiko Akiyoshi, Kevin Edge,  John Hatcher
L to R: Howard Thomas, Prof Mamoto, Mrs Mamoto, Profs Reiko Akiyoshi, Kevin Edge, John Hatcher

Internal News - 20 August 2008

English Language Centre hosts visit from Fukuoka University Vice-President

For many years the English Language Centre (ELC) has welcomed students from Fukuoka University in Japan to study on a tailor-made summer course in English & Culture.

To mark the excellent relationship between the two institutions, Fukuoka University’s Vice-President Professor Mamoto made an official visit to the Bath campus last week.

Professor Mamoto & his wife were welcomed by the ELC Director, Howard Thomas, and Social Programme Director, Tim Greeves, along with this year’s escorts from Fukuoka, Professor John Hatcher and Professor Reiko Akiyoshi.

The guests visited their students in class where they also met the Course Director, Vicki McComish, teaching staff and student helpers.

This was followed by a tour of the University campus, including the ELC, Self-Access Language Centre, Social Programme Office & student accommodation in Marlborough Court, where the Vice-President’s seminar students were clearly delighted to see him.

In the evening, discussions continued over dinner, which was attended by Deputy Vice-Chancellor designate, Professor Kevin Edge.

Fukuoka University will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year and Professor Mamoto, a long-time supporter of the University of Bath Programme, expressed his hopes that the University of Bath will be represented at the anniversary celebrations.


Fukuoka University is one of the largest universities in the western region of Japan, with an enrolment of more than 20,000 students and a history and tradition dating back 74 years to its foundation in 1934. The university is comprised of nine faculties and 31 departments at undergraduate level, and ten graduate schools and 32 majors at graduate level.