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President Hasebe’s delegation went to the North America West Coast and visited Partner University and Consulate Generals

From 26th February to 2nd March, 2016, President Yuichi Hasebe, Vice-President and Executive Director (International Affairs) Fumihiko Nakamura, International Strategy Organization Associate Professor Hisami Andrade, Faculty of Urban Innovation Associate Professor Mihoko Matsuyuki and International Office, International Planning Section Chief Eiji Kotani went to the North America West Coast and visited Consulate Generals and university which concluded academic exchange agreement with YNU.
On 26th February, the delegation visited Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (hereafter JSPS) San Francisco Office and met Director Masayuki Izutsu, Vice Director Junji Oshima and Adviser Yasuyuki Nakayama.
JSPS San Francisco Office has engaged in a community formation support for Japanese researchers belonging to universities or research institutions in the U.S. and other foreign countries and support building international networks among researchers. Besides, Japanese University Network in the Bay Area (hereafter JUNBA) established in 2006 which aims to support collaboration among Japanese universities in the U.S. holds a summit conference once a year, symposiums, lectures, international exchange meetings, liaison conferences and shares information on the home page. The mission of JUNBA is to assist Japanese universities with the enhancement of education and research activities and the creation of new business opportunities. JUNBA aims to attain this mission by facilitating internationalization movements at Japanese universities, supporting the training of university students and personnel, and promoting the development of academia-industry relationships between Japan and the U.S. Additionally, JUNBA provides the part of center office (about 120,000 yen per month) for supporting international exchange activities and overseas expansion by Japanese universities.
Left: President Hasebe  Right: Director Izutsu

Left: President Hasebe Right: Director Izutsu

Commemorative Photo

Commemorative Photo

On the same day, the delegation visited the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and met Consul-General Jun Yamada and Advisor for Educational Affairs Maiko Tamagawa.
After receiving an explanation about the activities in the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, they exchanged views on the activation of student exchange between Japan and the U.S., such as returning Japanese companies to the Bay Area, respected Japanese frontier field in the U.S., strong interest in study in Japan by American high school students.
From L: Section Chief Kotani, President Hasebe, Consul-General Yamada, Associate Prof. Andrade

From L: Section Chief Kotani, President Hasebe, Consul-General Yamada, Associate Prof. Andrade

On February 27th, YNU held YNU USA West Coast Alumni Meeting in San Francisco, which was YNU’s first alumni meeting held in the U.S.
From YNU, President Hasebe, Vice-President and Executive Director (International Affairs) Nakamura, International Strategy Organization Associate Professor Andrade, Faculty of Urban Innovation Associate Professor Matsuyuki and International Office, International Planning Section Chief Kotani attended.
2016 USA West Coast Alumni Meeting group photo

2016 USA West Coast Alumni Meeting group photo

At the meeting, after opening address from President Hasebe, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Japan Information & Cultural Center Director and Consul Akira Ichioka gave a speech and proposed toast. The meeting was presided over by Associate Professor Matsuyuki.
Opening address from President Hasebe

Opening address from President Hasebe

During the meeting, the participants had a friendly conversation of their memories during their days at YNU and current activities and achievements.
Photo of meeting

Photo of meeting

President Hasebe and YNU Alumni

President Hasebe and YNU Alumni

Former JOY students and Associate Prof. Andrade

Former JOY students and Associate Prof. Andrade

From YNU’s Alumni, approximately 20 graduates attended, including 2 students who completed the JOY program. They expressed their appreciation for the support from their teachers, and also from YNU administrative staff during their stay at YNU.

Vice President Nakamura and YNU Alumni

Vice President Nakamura and YNU Alumni

President Hasebe noted that he would aim to “Make the best use of the network arising from the JOY program for not only the YNU Alumni Meeting, but also for the overall international development of YNU”.
The first YNU Alumni Meeting turned out to be a big success. As YNU has many partnership agreements for student exchange and researcher exchange with universities and related institutions in the U.S., we hope that this alumni meeting will become a chance to strengthen the ties between YNU’s international students, Japanese alumni working in the U.S., and YNU’s faculty and students.
YNU expects this to result in the increase of the number of international students at YNU, increase of donations and also increase YNU’s presence in the international university rankings.

On 28th February, the delegation moved from San Francisco to Portland in Oregon and joined the fieldwork which Vice-President and Executive Director Nakamura introduced Portland city planning and urban traffic system.
This fieldwork was held for students who joined YNU Intensive English Camp in Portland State University. All participants came together at Pioneer Courthouse Square and the fieldwork started after receiving a brief explanation about outline of Portland by Vice-President and Executive Director Nakamura.The delegation walked along the Transit Mall and the section where MAX runs and observed the townscape of Portland such as Waterfront Park. Besides, they took a Streetcar and MAX and inspected Beaverton Creek Station. The students who joined the fieldwork were listening attentively to Vice-President and Executive Director Nakamura’s explanation.
It seemed that the students were able to have a very precious experience to see the townscape of Portland where chosen as the best city in the U.S. to live in and got a lot of encouragement through the experiences which they could not gain from the ordinary English lectures.
Commemorative Photo

Commemorative Photo

Photo of fieldwork 1

Photo of fieldwork 1

Photo of fieldwork 2

Photo of fieldwork 2

Photo of fieldwork 3

Photo of fieldwork 3

Photo of fieldwork 4

Photo of fieldwork 4

On 29th February, President Hasebe, Vice-President and Executive Director (International Affairs) Nakamura, International Strategy Organization Associate Professor Andrade, Faculty of Urban Innovation Associate Professor Matsuyuki and International Office, International Planning Section Chief Kotani visited Portland State University. The delegation met President Wim Wiewel, Vice Provost for International Affairs Margaret C. Everett, Professor Patricia J. Wetzel, International Program Coordinator Yachiyo Iisako and Visiting Fellow Saho Miyazaki.
Photo of the courtesy call

Photo of the courtesy call

Introduction of YNU by Associate Prof. Andrade

Introduction of YNU by Associate Prof. Andrade

In December 2014, YNU concluded an academic exchange agreement with Portland State University. Besides, YNU held YNU Intensive English Camp in Portland State University in February 2015 and February 2016.
After the greeting from President Hasebe, Associate Professor Andrade made a presentation about YNU.
Regarding the Institute of Advanced Sciences in YNU, President Hasebe and Vice-President and Executive Director (International Affairs) Nakamura provided an additional explanation, appealing the strengths of YNU’s research activities. As Portland State University actively engages in education and research in collaboration with Portland city, both parties confirmed the possibility of the collaborative research on the cities. The delegation exchanged views on the mutual student exchange in the future, discussing about the memorandum on the student exchange, explaining Joy Program, YCCS Program and Summer Program. As a result, both parties reached an agreement to conclude a memorandum on student exchange and that would be a great achievement in this visit.
Left: President Hasebe Right: President Wim Wiewel

Left: President Hasebe Right: President Wim Wiewel

Commemorative Photo 

Commemorative Photo 

Photo of meeting

Photo of meeting

Commemorative Photo 

Commemorative Photo 

After the courtesy call, student volunteers showed the delegation around the campus. There are no borders between the Campus and the city. The Campus is located in the center of the city and trams runs in the Campus, it seems that the town flourished mainly in the Campus. As we could reach an agreement to conclude a memorandum on student exchange, this visit was very meaningful and it is expected to expand the further exchanges in the future.
Photo of Campus Tour 1

Photo of Campus Tour 1

Photo of Campus Tour 2

Photo of Campus Tour 2

On the same day, the delegation visited the Consular Office of Japan in Portland and met Consul Masaru Iijima. After receiving an explanation about the activities in the Consular Office, the delegation exchanged of opinions and found that Portland is a city where many people are interested in Japanese and many students wish to study in Japan. The Consular Office provides Japanese universities’ information and YNU asked for their cooperation to display university guide, application guideline of entrance examination for foreign students and pre-arrival admission.
In this visit, the delegation got much beneficial information about student exchange and academic exchanges between Japan and the U.S. by holding YNU Alumni Meeting, visiting not only a partner university but also JSPS San Francisco Office and overseas diplomatic offices. YNU’s global expansion and international exchanges in the U.S. are expected to be further developed and deepened in the future.

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