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Kent State Hosts Administrators From Japan University

Posted Aug. 18, 2014
enter photo description
Rikkyo University administrators show their certificates of
participation as Sarah Malcolm, international partnerships
manager at Kent State’s Office of Global Education, and
Masayoshi Hara, from Rikkyo University, hold a golden
squirrel presented to the Japanese team by Kent State
University's Division of Human Resources.

Kent State University’s Office of Global Education welcomed 10 administrators from Rikkyo University of Japan to the Kent Campus for an administrative program from Aug. 3-7. The program was funded by Rikkyo University for the purpose of exposing administrators from multiple campus divisions to the American university system.

Since 1998, Kent State has hosted more than 200 Rikkyo University students who have attended Kent State as guest students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and in other academic programs.

Kent State expanded the collaboration with a student exchange program in 2005 where Rikkyo University has been home to more than 20 Kent State students.

“We deeply appreciate the care and assistance they provide to our students and staff when they are studying and visiting Rikkyo University,” says Sarah Malcolm, international partnerships manager at Kent State’s Office of Global Education.

During their time at Kent State, the Rikkyo administrators met with representatives from a variety of student service and administrative offices including Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Human Resources. This program gave the Rikkyo guests the opportunity to engage in conversations about internationalization, university structure and student services.

Upon their departure, Rikkyo administrator Masayoshi Hara stated that participating in the program was “one of the most excellent and valuable experiences in my life.”

“We are already looking forward to coming back to Kent State in the near future," says Kenjiro Tsuji, another administrator from Rikkyo University. "It was truly a great learning experience for all of us.”

Malcolm recognizes the importance of sustaining a strong international partnership between two universities mutually committed to education and global community.

“It was a pleasure to organize and host this program for Rikkyo University,” Malcolm says. “This partnership is an excellent model for cultivating cross-cultural collaboration and demonstrates the value of maintaining long-standing relationships. We look forward to continuing to host students, faculty and staff from Rikkyo University for many years to come.”

For more information about Kent State’s Office of Global Education, visit www.kent.edu/globaleducation.