August 29, 2013
Simmons College President Helen Drinan and Kenji Homma, president of Hokkaido University of Education (HUE) in Japan, recently signed a memorandum entering Simmons and HUE into a student and faculty research exchange program.
The exchange will include up to three education students each year from Simmons and HUE, respectively. The exchange aims to enhance students’ understanding both of the education curriculum, and of the cultures of the United States and Japan, and also includes the possibility for cooperative research among faculty.
President Homma attended a formal signing ceremony at Simmons Aug. 22 along with Yoshifumi Sato, Ph.D., vice president for internationalization, director of HUE International Center, and professor of English education; and Kyoko Oga, Ph.D., assistant director and associate professor, HUE International Center.
In a prepared written statement, President Homma said: “…We all live in a borderless world… and universities are urged to foster global leaders and change-makers in all areas… It is fascinating for both our students and teachers to have exchange programs with Simmons College, which is located in a major American cultural city.”
President Drinan said the exchange is part of an overall strategy to increase international students at Simmons, particularly in the area of East Asia including Japan and South Korea.
Above photo from left: Vice President Yoshifumo Sato, President Kenji Homma, President Drinan, Provost Katie Conboy