SOASCIS paid a five-day working visit to four top-ranking universities in Japan from 18 to 22 March, 2013 with the view of furthering academic collaboration with each of them. The four universities visited were Kyoto University, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Tokyo University and Sophia University, Tokyo. SOASCIS was represented in the visit by AP Dr Azman Ahmad, UBD’s Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic) and its Director, Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar.
An MOU was signed at Kyoto University between its School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS) and SOASCIS after which a seminar was convened on the theme Islam in Asia: Engaging the Community. The seminar was jointly organised by the School’s Centre for Islamic Area Studies (KIAS) headed by Professor Yasushi Kosugi and SOASCIS. SOASCIS’ papers were presented by Dr Azman and Professor Osman and KIAS’ papers by Professor Kosugi and AP Dr Shinsuke Nagaoke.