Japanese Princess completes year of study in Museum Studies

One of the School of Museum Studies upcoming graduates is Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino. A member of the Japanese Imperial Family, Mako is the eldest daughter of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess of Akishino and the first-born granddaughter of Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

As part of her degree programme Princess Mako has also completed a placement at Coventry Museums and collections-based research at New Walk Museum in Leicester.

Speaking at a press opportunity marking the end of her year of taught Master’s degree, Princess Mako said in Japanese that her time at the University of Leicester had been “a wonderful experience”.

Head of the School of Museum Studies Dr Suzanne Macleod said: “We have a strong connection to the cultural profession in Japan with many students graduating from our School to take up posts in museums and galleries there and so it felt very natural that Mako should come and follow her interests with us. She has been a pleasure to teach, has worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of her achievements.’’

Princess Mako will graduate from the University in January 2016 when the University holds its postgraduate degree ceremonies.