More Japanese universities to serve halal food

Updated 03 October 2014
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More Japanese universities to serve halal food

More Japanese universities would soon provide halal food on their campuses to cater for the growing number of Muslim students, the Japanese embassy announced on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Culture, Sports Sciences and Technology of Japan introduced the Global 30 program in 2009 to attract 300,000 foreign students over five years.
The embassy stated that there are many Saudi students in Japan who need halal food. He said his country would also serve halal food for Muslims at the airport and in the commercial area. Currently, there are 12,000 Japanese Muslims and at least one mosque in every province of the country’s 47 regions and provinces.
Among those serving halal food are the Tokyo Business Association and Yamanashi University, one of 19 universities that offer halal food options on their menus, according to the National Federation of Universities Co-operative Association (NFUCA).
Yamanashi University has added new items with halal stickers to its menu according to a report. There are about 180 foreign students at the school, half of them Muslims from various countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. A cafeteria manager, Tetsuya Tanahashi, said that countries and sects vary on what food they consider appropriate and so they discuss with foreign students their specific needs.
“The meals are prepared and served in accordance with Islamic law, which stipulates the correct method of draining blood from the animals. It prohibits the consumption of pork products and alcohol,” he added.
According to a report, the University of Tokyo was the first to incorporate halal meat into its meal options in 2012 using meat ordered through the association and four universities in the region have followed suit.


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC).

Al-Mutairi received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University in 1992. In 1997, she obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.

She began her career as a lecturer in the chemistry department of King Faisal University, from 1993 to 1994, before lecturing at the University of Bristol for three years.

In 1998, she became an assistant professor of human genetics at Harvard University, and two years later she joined Perkin Elmer as a scientific research consultant in biological sciences in the US until 2002.

A year later, she joined Hospital Aramco as a preventive medicine consultant. She then headed the department of public medical relations, and served as an acting director of the department of medical technical support services, and the head of quality and patient safety from 2007 to 2010.

With Saudi Aramco, she headed the manpower planning and analysis department for a year, before she became the project manager of the Aramco Accelerated Strategic Transformation Program from 2011 to 2012.

Al-Mutairi ran her company, Heemah for Business Services between 2014 and 2017.

She also helped with the establishment of the National Competitiveness Center, and coordinated the partnership between Johns Hopkins Hospital and Aramco Healthcare.

In 2017, Al-Mutairi served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and investment.