On September 5, the Opening Ceremony of JICA-Hokuriku and Kanazawa University’s “Improvement of School Management in Sub-Saharan Africa II” Course took place in the Meeting Room of Building 3, College of Human and Social Sciences of Kanazawa University. After welcomes speeches by our Vice President Isamu Nagano (in charge of Research and International Affairs), Director Hideki Tomobe of JICA-Hokuriku, and the Program Leader, Professor Toshiharu Tanabe of the School of Teacher Education in the College of Human and Social Sciences, researchers participating in this time’s course introduced themselves, and the ceremony closed in an amiable mood. Regarding the course, this year marks the third session in Phase II, and it is the sixth session counting from Phase I. Twelve individuals belonging to central and regional educational administrations are participating from four African nations (Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Zambia). From the afternoon of September 5 to October 6, with Kanazawa University as the base and with support from Ishikawa Board of Education, Kanazawa Board of Education, Hakusan Board of Education and others, they plan to visit elementary and middle schools in Kanazawa for observation and interaction. There is much anticipation for the participants to positively utilize their experience in Japan and the course, and to involve themselves in the improvement of school management in their home countries. Also, preceding the ceremony, the course participants paid a courtesy visit to our President. President Nakamura gave a word of welcome and a brief introduction of the university, which were followed by some questions from the participants and friendly conversations.