Our exchange program with Hope College was forged in the 1960s when study abroad programs were still rare, out of a deep commitment to fostering students into citizens of the world. Since then, approximately 400 Hope College students have studied at Meiji Gakuin University, while 886 students from Meiji Gakuin have participated in short-term and long-term exchange programs at Hope College. The passionate commitment of the program’s founders 50 years ago has led many students on the path to becoming citizens of the world.
|1964||The University’s plan for exchange between Japanese and American students and faculty is launched.President Wakabayashi and Professor Van Wyk visit the mission board.|
Short-term exchange programs begin at Hope College. 23 Meiji Gakuin students and accompanying faculty members participate in summer seminars at Hope College.
Short-term exchange programs hosted by Meiji Gakuin begin.In May, 11 Hope College students and accompanying faculty members participate in joint seminars on Japanese-American social and economic issues.
Long-term exchange programs are established.In addition to a scholarship study abroad system in place since 1976, a long-term study abroad system is newly created (currently two students/year).
|1994||Faculty Exchange Program begins.In the fall term, the two institutions exchange one faculty member each to engage in research and teaching as a visiting or guest professor.|
The Department of International Business’s “Global Management Seminar” begins. A program is launched at Hope College for exchange students to study topics like business English and management.
Junior high school students from Komoro City, visit Hope College for the first time.With ties to Meiji Gakuin University graduate and acclaimed novelist Toson Shimazaki, a cooperative partnership between Komoro City and Meiji Gakuin creates the opportunity for junior high school students from Komoro to participate in summer language seminars at Hope College.
Overseas hands-on training is held for staff members.
For about one month of the summer, several Meiji Gakuin staff members engage in language study and hands-on training at Hope College.
The relationship between Meiji Gakuin University and Hope College is a special one. This year we celebrate fifty years of student and faculty exchanges.
As we begin a year of celebration, we write to express sincere and deep gratitude to our colleagues at Meiji Gakuin for all that they have done to support, strengthen and advance the success of this important relationship between our two institutions. Imagine how many have worked at the university to advance international education for the past fifty years. It is because of many people that this year we pause to acknowledge this important work.
It is therefore an honor to express to the President, faculty, staff, students and parents— to all who have given excellent leadership and support to international exchanges, our sincere appreciation for all that has been done, for so long, to ensure that this relationship not only survives but thrives in the coming years.
Hope College in the US state of Michigan is the first foreign institution with which Meiji Gakuin University joined in an exchange partnership. Today, these exchanges consist of not only short-term and long-term study abroad programs, but also faculty exchange programs and training. In addition, we have deepened our ties with Komoro City, known for its association with our notable graduate Toson Shimazaki through Kumaji Kimura, who studied at Hope College around the year 1870.
The connections between individuals strengthen the partnerships between institutions, and this goes on to widen the circle of individuals, creating a vast support network. I feel as if I am looking at an inter-university partnership in its ideal form. As we move closer toward a truly global society, I am sure that our partnership with Hope College will continue to grow in a variety of different ways.