Welcoming international visitors is always an exciting time for the Office of International Education and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, a delegation from Kansai Gaidai University (KGU) in Osaka, Japan, visited
IUP in the hopes of strengthening and expanding the ongoing relationship between the two universities.
The delegation included Professor Yoshitaka Tanimoto, Kansai Gaidai University president; Katsunori Kotani, associate dean of international affairs; and Yasuyo Yamashita, exchange coordinator.
Since 1992, Kansai Gaidai University and IUP have been exchange partners. Each year, students from both universities participate in the exchange, which makes it one of IUP’s longest running active exchange programs. In addition, many KGU students have been hosted by IUP’s American Language
During their visit to IUP, the KGU delegation met with IUP President Michael Driscoll and Timothy Moerland, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Discussed was the gratitude for and the overall satisfaction with the exchange program and possible further
growth of the program.
After lunch in the President’s Suite, the KGU delegation traveled to the Office of International Education in Delaney Hall to meet with other OIE staff and IUP faculty: Tracy Anderson (international student and scholar advisor), Jessica Halchak (assistant director: Education Abroad),
Andrew Kent (Education Abroad advisor), Emma Archer (assistant director: ALI), Yongtaek Kim (assistant professor, Japanese) and Alan Baumler (director of Asian Studies and professor in the History Department).
KGU and IUP were excited to discuss the growth of programs available to IUP students at KGU and began discussing the idea of a dual degree program. The visit ended with the KGU delegation meeting with Leah Brockman and Bailee Gehring, IUP students, who will be studying at KGU in the upcoming academic