交流50周年

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.

MOVIE

“Hope College×Meiji Gakuin University The 50th anniversary of international exchange”

HISTORY

Located in the city of Holland on the shores of Lake Michigan, Hope College was founded in 1866 as a liberal arts school in the Protestant tradition. Hope College’s ties to our university run deep, with many Hope graduates involved at Meiji Gakuin as missionaries starting in the Taisho Era (1912-1926). In 1964, then-President Tatsuo Wakabayashi and Gordon Van Wyk, a professor in the Meiji Gakuin University Faculty of Letters and a Hope graduate, visited the mission board in the US with the goal of bringing their plan for exchange between Japanese and American students and faculty to fruition. With the assistance of Hope College’s Professor Paul Fried, a great pioneer in the field of international education, summer seminars for exchange students began at Hope College in 1965. This was the birth of our partnership with Hope College. The program has given students a variety of opportunities to learn about the US, including seminars, homestays, and tours of Chicago.
In 1980, students from Hope College came to study at Meiji Gakuin, at last fulfilling the dream of a two-way exchange program. Long-term exchanges have also been launched, and the lectures given by visiting professors from each institution inspire students every year. 
The program has diversified in further ways, from the Department of International Business’s “Global Management Seminar” to the study abroad program for junior high school students from Komoro City, where we have established a regional cooperative partnership. Our international exchange with Hope College continues to evolve in new dimensions.

Our History Together

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.
1965
Short-term exchange programs begin at Hope College. 23 Meiji Gakuin students and accompanying faculty members participate in summer seminars at Hope College.
1980
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.
1989
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.
2007
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.
2013
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.

Sources: “150-Year History of Meiji Gakuin”; “100-Year History of Meiji Gakuin”; “90-Year History of Meiji Gakuin”; “Commemorative Publication for 20 Years of International Exchange Between Meiji Gakuin University and Hope College”; and “The Anchor (Vol. 90) ”

MESSAGE

Congratulatory messages from Hope College and Meiji Gakuin University

Sincere Gratitude to Meiji Gakuin

President of Hope College John C. Knapp
Provost Richard Ray
Associate Provost Alfredo Gonzales
Director of International Education Amy Otis-De Grau

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.

Our Gratitude to Hope College

Vice-President in Charge of International Exchange Atsushi Yoshii

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.

  • This stained glass was presented to Meiji Gakuin University by Hope College in 1977 to commemorate its centennial celebrated that year. It currently hangs in the entrance of the International Center (Shirokane Campus).

  • Planting a cherry tree at Hope College in 1968, shortly after the start of the exchange programs.

  • The tree today. Blossoming every year, it is a familiar sight to students.

  • Hope College students on short-term exchange at Meiji Gakuin University try their hands at the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Hope College and Meiji Gakuin University

The exchange partnership between Hope College and Meiji Gakuin University has touched the lives of many people.

  • A Partnership under Divine Guidance

    Shinichi Oka (Professor in the Faculty of Sociology & Social Work)

    Congratulations on reaching the 50-year mark. This momentous occasion is the fruit of the sincere efforts and mindsets of all the people who have been involved with the exchange programs at both institutions. I believe that Hope College and Meiji Gakuin have an ideal partnership anchored in firm mutual trust. The more I learn about our many ties, the more I feel a divine hand at work. I hope we can continue to carve out a spectacular history together in the 21st century.

    As the 2010 visiting faculty member, Prof. Oka takes part in a Christmas party hosted by the Faculty of Sociology & Social Work.

  • Participating in a Short-term Exchange Program

    Shigeri Hayashi (Third-Year, Law)

    I participated in a short-term exchange program at Hope College last summer. I took classes with the local students and on weekends, I joined in parties and watching sporting events. Both the students and faculty were friendly and warm, giving the college a homey atmosphere. With such a large number of Christians, I experienced cultural differences firsthand, like the many students who gathered at the chapel on Sundays. In this landmark year, the 50th anniversary of the start of the exchange programs, I’m glad I had the chance to study at Hope College.

    Joining friends around the Anchor statue, the symbol of Hope College.

  • Involvement from a Variety of Angles

    Junko Kitano (Manager of the Graduate School Office)

    Having been a seminar student of Professor Gordon Van Wyk himself, who worked so hard to help forge the partnership between the two schools, I have visited Hope College three times in total: as an exchange student in 1976, as an exchange trip leader in 1985, and as an International Center staff member in 2005. The friendly and peaceful atmosphere of the campus never changes. Of all the places outside Japan I’ve visited, it’s the one that remains closest to my heart.

    Demonstrating Japanese culture in the form of yukata during an exchange program in 1976.

  • Lessons from the Global Management Seminar

    Kai Oshida (Second-Year, International Business)

    Over the course of about 10 days, I learned about things that I would have never had the chance to experience in Japan—American history, playing a bargaining game in an economics lesson, studying accounting and management through pastry-making, and more. Not only that, but all of this was in English. While having fun on Lake Michigan and at the mall, I got closer with the other participants as well as many Hope College students. Racing with local kids was another great memory. I’d like to improve my English and study abroad again in the future.

    Posing with a new friend. The program even includes visits to local companies and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

  • An Exchange Program That Has Changed the Lives of Students

    Andy Nakajima(Hope College Associate Professor of Japanese)

    I would likely to sincerely congratulate both institutions on 50 years of international exchange. To this day, about 400 Hope College students have been welcomed by your university, and these students all express the same sentiment: “The program at Meiji Gakuin changed my life and the course of my future. It’s the program that Hope College should be most proud of.” I wish for both institutions to continue to grow even closer in spirit as sister schools.

    Prof. Nakajima is a beloved figure among both Hope College and Japanese exchange students.