The Department of Japanese emerged together with the establishment of the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) in the year 1964. Initially only the native Japanese were assigned to conduct the classes, until sometime later a few local teachers were appointed. In the early days, the institute was only able to sponsor Full-time diploma and Part-Time diploma courses.
Then in 2000-2001 academic year, undergraduate programs were introduced, whereby the first graduation ceremony of the Yangon University of Foreign Languages was held in 2003.
Our aim of teaching Japanese Language is
- Through learning Japanese Language; students can contribute to the creation of cooperative society of Japan and Myanmar at the grassroots level while acquiring knowledge of languages, cultures and social customs of both countries and deepening their understanding of multicultural society.
- Through various class activities, students can participate proactively in 21stcentury society through cooperating and collaborating with others while learning autonomously over lifelong and acquiring abilities to find problems and to solve them.
- In addition to mastering the competence to realize the success of life in the 21st century society, student can establish identity and develop rich human nature with individuality.
The goal of Department of Japanese is to;
- Cultivate Japanese-Speaking Myanmar who shall be responsible for the next generation
- To be active locally and abroad in the future. For young people living in a modern international society, it is important to learn different cultures including foreign languages. In addition, they also need to acquire the knowledge and skills that the society needs.
In order to achieve these goals the teaching staff of the Department of Japanese is striving hard, working hand in hand with the collaboration and cooperation and coordination of the native Japanese lectures. Some are volunteers from different organizations in Japan and visiting lecturers assigned by the Japan Foundation, which also include Japanese Partners to assist local teachers in the classrooms, are attached to the department.
Presently, the following Faculty Members of the Japanese Department are now conducting undergraduate classes, diploma classes and weekend/evening classes (CHRD) for certificate.
To nature well-qualified graduate students capable of continuous learning.
Through learning Japanese, students can contribute to the creation of cooperative society of Japan and Myanmar at the grassroots level while acquiring knowledge of language, culture and social customs of both countries and deepening their understanding of multicultural society.
Through various class activities, students can participate proactively in 21st century society through cooperating and collaborating with others while learning autonomously over lifelong and acquiring abilities tofind problems and to solve them.
In addition to mastering the competence to realize the success of life in the 21st century society, each student can establish identity and develop rich human nature with individuality.
Since the Japanese Department was established in 1964, Full-time diploma and Part-Time diploma courses have been offered. After that, an undergraduate program was started in 2000-2001 academic year.MA (Q) program was started in 2009 and MA program was started in 2010.
The founder of the Japanese Department
Prof. Si Si Shein is a retired Professor and Head of the Department of Japanese Department, Yangon University of Foreign Languages. She pursued her degree in Social Studies from the Sophia University ( Jochi Daigaku )(Tokyo) and Japanese Language Studies ( Nihongo Kyouzyuu Hoo) from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies .She further attended the Training Program for Overseas Japanese Language Teachers Training Course, (Japan Foundation) in 1979,1984,and 1994. Also the Japan Foundation Fellowship Program in 2001 and issued a Japanese Language Text Book Situational dialogue for Myanmar students.
She was the first official Myanmar to teach the Japanese Language at the Institute of Foreign Languages ( Present Y.U.F.L ) and has a 40 years of experience in teaching the Japanese Language. She started her career as a tutor at I.F.L on the 20th of December 1996. She was promoted to Assistant Lecturer on the 9th of October 1976. She was given to take the responsibility of the Head of Department on the 31st of March 1981,became a Lecturer( Head ) on the 22nd of November 1985, Assistant Professor ( Head) and Professor ( Head ) on the 7th of July !997 until retirement in 2006.
She has received numerous national awards and award of The Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan. “ Services “ award (1985), “ State Law and Order” medal (1985), “ State Peace and Tranquility” medal (1986), “ Good Services “ medal ( 1994). She was awarded “ The Order of the Rising Sun. Gold Rays with Rosette” by the Emperor Of Japan, on the 21st of May , the 1st year of Reiwa (2019) for the devotion in promoting the development of Japanese Language studies in Myanmar and promoting and deepening of relationship between Myanmar and Japan
The Japanese Department has a staff of 22 people, including 4associate professosr, 1 part time lecturer, 13 lecturers, 4 assistant lecturers . All of its staff members hold tertiary qualifications, including 18 Masters degrees,1PhD candidate and 3 MA candidates. 1 PhD candidate and 1 MA candidate are in Japan now.