Tag Archives: East Asia

Making connections at Keio University in Japan

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Participants in the Evidence Based Approach (EBA) Consortium, March 7-8, 2014 Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan

I was in Japan recently to serve on Keio University’s external reviewing committee for the Re-Inventing Japan Project which aims to foster human resources capable of being globally active. The project also provides financial support to the formation of collaborative programs with ASEAN universities that conduct study abroad programs for Japanese students.

We discussed student recruitment, an accreditation plan and other higher ed issues.

Agreement for international exchange with Tokai University

Japan-Hawaii international exchange agreement

UH Interim President David Lassner and Dr. Yoshiaki Matsumae, Vice President of Tokai University Educational System, renew the agreement for international exchange between the two university systems.

We had the pleasure of meeting officials from the Tokai University Educational System in Japan, who visited us at the University of Hawaiʻi on January 10. The purpose of the visit was to sign an agreement for international exchange between UH and Tokai. An agreement signed by former UH President David McClain in 2008 has expired.

The agreement will provide for the exchange of scholars, students, and academic information and materials to enhance the research and education processes at our institutions. In turn, we hope these exchanges increase the mutual understanding between our respective faculties, scholars and students.

Japan-Hawaii international exchange agreement

University of Hawaii and Tokai University administrators at the international exchange agreement signing.

Reception of women leaders at College Hill

Center for Women Policy Studies Reception

I was honored to meet 23 delegates from four countries who are in Honolulu this week to take part in the “Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange for Women Leaders.” The women are here from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and the U.S. I had the pleasure of hosting them at College Hill Monday night, where we continued our discussions on issues such as women’s human rights, laws and policy options to respond to international trafficking of women and girls.

The women have been meeting at Kapiʻolani Community College for four days of discussions. Hawaiʻi’s First Lady Nancie Caraway, a Human Rights Fellow, gave a presentation today. The Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange wraps on Thursday.

View more photos from the reception.

Early cherry blossoms in Okinawa

Early cherry blossoms in Okinawa

Photo by Kaori Kinjo

Aloha! I wanted to share with you a recent email from Kaori Kinjo from Japan, with great news about the cherry tree we planted at on the campus of University of the Ryukyus.

Kaori is a staff member of the International Division at the University of the Ryukyus and helped coordinate my visit to Okinawa last fall.

She writes:

“I am very pleased to let you know a sakura tree planted by President Greenwood recently bloomed 5-6 small flowers!!!

When it was planted, I was told it would take 3-4 years to grow and bloom flowers.

In Okinawa, we enjoy cherry blossom in January-February and we sometimes observed President Greenwood’s tree just in case. In mid-February, we were very surprised to find just one flower on her sakura tree!!  Then it had 5-6 flowers!!”

Early cherry blossoms in Okinawa

Photo by Kaori Kinjo

View photos from my trip to Okinawa.

More from the Ryukyus

<p>Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology President Jonathan Dorfan and University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood in Okinawa. Greenwood later toured the campus in northern Okinawa and discussed opportunities for collaboration with the 10-year-old institution.</p>

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology President Jonathan Dorfan and University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood in Okinawa. Greenwood later toured the campus in northern Okinawa and discussed opportunities for collaboration with the 10-year-old institution.

<p>The University of Hawai‘i delegation toured Shuri Castle, the reconstructed residence and administrative headquarters of Ryukyus kings, in Naha, Okinawa.</p>

Greenwood in Okinawa 2011

The University of Hawai‘i delegation toured Shuri Castle, the reconstructed residence and administrative headquarters of Ryukyus kings, in Naha, Okinawa.

<p>University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood and Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie pose playfully with a pair of shisa, Ryukyuan guardian lion/dogs from Okinawa mythology traditionally flanking gates to Okinawan homes to keep good spirits in and frighten evil spirits away.</p>

Greenwood in Okinawa 2011

University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood and Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie pose playfully with a pair of shisa, Ryukyuan guardian lion/dogs from Okinawa mythology traditionally flanking gates to Okinawan homes to keep good spirits in and frighten evil spirits away.

<p>University of the Ryukyus President Teruo Iwamasa and  University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood exchanged gifts during a recent visit by a Hawai‘i delegation to the sister univeristy in Okinawa. President Greenwood presented President Iwamasa with a small replica of the Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe Hokule'a as a symbol of the shared ocean between Japan and Hawaii and the rich wayfinding heritage of Polynesia.</p>

Greenwood in Okinawa 2011

University of the Ryukyus President Teruo Iwamasa and University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood exchanged gifts during a recent visit by a Hawai‘i delegation to the sister univeristy in Okinawa. President Greenwood presented President Iwamasa with a small replica of the Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe Hokule'a as a symbol of the shared ocean between Japan and Hawaii and the rich wayfinding heritage of Polynesia.

<p>University of the Ryukyus President Teruo Iwamasa with Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie and University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood after the honorary degree presentation in Okinawa.</p>

Greenwood in Okinawa 2011

University of the Ryukyus President Teruo Iwamasa with Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie and University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood after the honorary degree presentation in Okinawa.

<p>University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood plants an Okinawan cherry tree with University of the Ryukyus President Teruo Iwamasa near the Administration Building on the Okinawa campus. Originally established on the site of Shuri Castle, which was destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa, in 1950, this national university, like the University of Hawai‘i, builds on the unique natural, cultural and historical characteristics of an archipelago and takes its values from its community's history—nuchi du takara (life is indeed a treasure)—with a commitment to freedom and equality, tolerance and peace.</p>

Okinawa tree planting

University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood plants an Okinawan cherry tree with University of the Ryukyus President Teruo Iwamasa near the Administration Building on the Okinawa campus. Originally established on the site of Shuri Castle, which was destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa, in 1950, this national university, like the University of Hawai‘i, builds on the unique natural, cultural and historical characteristics of an archipelago and takes its values from its community's history—nuchi du takara (life is indeed a treasure)—with a commitment to freedom and equality, tolerance and peace.

Is was my high honor to accept an honorary degree from our sister university, the University of the Ryukyus, in Okinawa. It was bestowed by President Teruo Iwamasa, witnessed by and celebrated with Governor Neil Abercrombie!

Our paths intersected in Okinawa for both the Festival parade and the degree award. Okinawan goodwill ambassadors Bob Nakasone and Ed Kuba (a former UH regent) accompanied us on this visit and were invaluable sources of knowledge and information.

We also visited the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, where I met with officials to discuss potential collaborations.

Governor Abercrombie then traveled on to China to promote Hawaiʻi economic opportunities and tourism, but it was great to have him with us in Okinawa for a few days. Check out our playful posing with the two large shisa statues. President Iwamasa presented both of us with smaller versions of shisa as mementos of our visit.