Faculty-led Program from Baldwin-Wallace University

May 10, 2019 (Fri.)

Two professors and 24 students from Baldwin-Wallace University visited Kansai Gaidai University on a Faculty-led Program on May 8 2019. We have been enjoying the partnership with Baldwin-Wallace for 15 years now.

Dr. Stephen Zurcher, Dean of the Asian Studies Program, gave a welcome speech, and introduced the Asian Studies Program highlighting the Kansai Gaidai Internship Program. The internship sites now number more than 30 business firms, organizations, and local schools. These internship opportunities provide students with first-hand experience of working in Japan.

Professor Ichizo Takayama introduced his classes by giving a special lecture on Japanese Martial Arts. He teaches a very unique class on the History and Culture of Martial Arts, which includes actual training in Kendo and Jodo. Students also observed Koto (Japanese harp) and Ceramic art classes, both of which are quite popular among international students.

A Campus Tour was conducted by local students. Ms. Taylor Johnson from Baldwin-Wallace University who is currently study in our Asian Studies Program also joined the tour and shared her experiences with visiting students.

“The lecture on “Japanese Martial Arts” was particularly interesting, and we are grateful to all the Kansai Gaidai staff and students who made our visit so pleasant,” commented one of the visiting students from Baldwin Wallace.

Kansai Gaidai University would like to expand these study opportunities for overseas students by hosting faculty-led programs.