Western Carolina University’s International Programs and Services staff will be on the lookout this coming fall semester for WCU students and faculty who are interested in studying and teaching in Japan.
That’s because representatives from WCU and two other University of North Carolina institutions met recently with a delegation from three Japanese universities to sign an agreement to allow for short- and long-term academic exchanges of students and faculty between the schools.
Fred Hinson, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, represented WCU in signing a new agreement that also involves East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Osaka Kyoiku, Hiroshima and Naruto universities in Japan.
The Japanese delegation toured the WCU campus on July 5, and the signing ceremony took place July 7 in Chapel Hill.
Exchanges between the universities will begin next January, said Lois Petrovich-Mwaniki, director of WCU ‘s International Programs and Services.
Japanese university administrators traveled to North Carolina to continue progress on the Japan Global Partnership, which began in 1999 and brought public school teachers from North Carolina and Japan together to observe teaching practices and share cultures. Teachers from Western North Carolina and the cities of Wilmington and Greenville traveled to Japan, and Japanese teachers visited those areas of North Carolina.
In 2002, the final year of that program, Japanese teachers visited WNC to work with teachers in Jackson, Haywood and Henderson counties, and in Asheville city schools.
For more information about the exchange agreement, contact Lois Petrovich-Mwaniki at (828) 227-7494.