JUSFC Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Okinawa

June 21, 2016 

In honor of its 40th Anniversary and of its historic ties to Okinawa, on June 15, 2016, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission hosted its annual business meetings in Okinawa. To further commemorate the anniversary, JUSFC also hosted a forum to highlight partnership and exchange opportunities between U.S. universities and institutions of higher learning in Okinawa. The forum entitled, Preparing a Global Workforce: The Role of Higher Education took place in Chatan, Okinawa on June 15, 2016 and explored additional opportunities for the United States and Japan to work closely together to build the next generation global workforce.

Senior Okinawan and U.S. educators share their views on partnership opportunities.

Senior Okinawan and U.S. educators shared their views on partnership opportunities at a JUSFC-hosted forum.

The forum featured senior educators and administrators from the University of California system, the University of Hawai’i system, the University of Oregon, and Carroll College, along with their counterparts from the University Consortium Okinawa as well as JUSFC Commissioners and staff. Participants discussed international experience offerings for their students; obstacles that institutions are currently encountering; and what they need to enhance their programs or create new programs.

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Representatives from the University of Hawai’i system, University of California system, and Carroll College interacted with their counterparts at KOSEN-Okinawa College.

As a practical follow-up to the discussions, on June 16 JUSFC arranged for the U.S. educators to visit three Okinawan institutions of higher learning – National Institute of Technology-Okinawa College (KOSEN), the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), and the University of the Ryukyus (Ryudai) where they had the opportunity to interact with students and faculty and discuss opportunities to work together in the future.