Kazakhstan-Japan Center for Human Development (KJC) was established in 2002 in Narxoz University as part of a technical cooperation agreement between the government of Kazakhstan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Despite the end of the ten-year agreement with JICA in 2012 and its turnover to Narxoz University, the KJC continues its mission to promote Japanese culture, teach the Japanese language and develop human resources through business education programs.
Now supported by the Japan Foundation, the center provides around 200 people of different ages and professions every year with Japanese language instruction led by qualified Japanese and Kazakh teachers at the KJC’s Japan Foundation Language Center.
A clear sign of a growing interest in Japanese language and culture in the country, thousands of Kazakhstanis gather at the cherry blossom festival, Tanabata Festival and other cultural events held at the Embassy of Japan. Those events introduce participants to various Japanese cultural traditions through master classes in the applied art and crafts, such as origami, kirie, calligraphy and furoshiki.
Another major task of the KJC is to train Kazakh entrepreneurs through training programs and seminars for representatives of small and medium enterprises, participated in by Kazakh and Japanese experts.
With the support of JICA, business executives are able to interact with Japanese managers not only in Kazakhstan but also at workshops held in Japan.
By applying acquired knowledge and implementing Japanese management tools based on the concept of kaizen (continual improvement), many local companies have increased efficiency and improved their performance.
In 15 years of its operation, KJC have received positive feedback from more than 4,000 participants of its business programs, most of them praising the practical benefits of the knowledge gained and the quality of the training and classes.