Half a Century of Global Exchange: Asian Studies Program Celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

Jun 02, 2023 (Fri.)

Gotenyama Campus Global Town was abuzz with excitement on May 27th as the 1st homecoming event of the Asian Studies Program took place. This grand gathering marked the 50th anniversary of the exchange program's inception and brought together an impressive number of participants.

Approximately 150 graduates and attendants, along with around 270 current international students, joined the event in person. Additionally, an impressive 100 people participated online, showcasing the global reach and impact of the program. Over the course of five decades, the number of partner universities has grown to 395 across 55 countries and regions. Furthermore, a staggering 19,000 students have successfully graduated from the Asian Studies Program, which warmly welcomes international students.

The significance of learning alongside peers from different countries and cultural backgrounds cannot be overstated. It brings fresh perspectives and values, fostering a deeper understanding of one another's experiences. These bonds and connections formed through such collaborative efforts serve as a solid foundation for building a brighter future and overcoming challenges.

Following the formal ceremony, attendees were treated to a delightful performance by Ms. Yuko Kawabata, a graduate of Kansai Gaidai University and an accomplished jazz vocalist. Ms. Kawabata captivated the audience with her rendition of three songs, including the timeless classic "Imagine" by John Lennon.

The festivities continued with a range of social gatherings and various events. Alumni and current international students enjoyed a heartwarming reunion, reminiscing about their shared experiences and forging new friendships. Conversations filled the air, fostering vibrant exchanges and strengthening the community.