A group photo taken during the conference held at the campus of Temple Rome

Underscoring its commitment to promoting educational excellence and international education, Temple University’s international campuses in Japan and Italy collaborated to support the 14th Association of Written Language and Literacy (AWLL) conference hosted at Temple University Rome Campus from November 10 to 12, 2023.

Participants of the conference listen to Dean Wilson’s opening remarks.

This rare collaborative initiative was made possible by a generous $50,000 donation from a Temple University graduate and supporter who is dedicated to international education, excellence in teaching, and student success. Showcasing Temple’s commitment to fostering academic excellence on a global scale, the Japan campus of Temple University (TUJ) played a critical role in facilitating the AWLL conference in cooperation with TUJ adjunct professor Dr. Terry Joyce. The global conference themed “Reading/Writing Interface” attracted a diverse audience, with more than 80 distinguished scholars participating both in person and online. Scholars from countries including Japan, Italy, Germany, the U.K. and Israel, assembled at Temple University Rome to engage in insightful discussions on written language and literacy.

TUJ Dean Matthew Wilson, who delivered opening remarks at the conference, said, “This was the first academic conference jointly hosted by Temple Japan and Temple Rome. We were excited to support one of our long-time professors and the AWLL as they focus on research related to writing systems and literacy. In Rome, TUJ was privileged to help bring together diverse researchers and scholars from around the world to share their insights and build bridges of understanding.” Dean Wilson continued, “We look forward to collaborating with our colleagues in Rome again soon to advance the global exchange of innovative ideas and push the boundaries of knowledge.”

Temple University is a top-tier globally ranked public research university that maintains a multi-campus system extending from Pennsylvania (USA) to Rome to Japan. Temple Rome, established in 1966, has maintained a robust academic and cultural program, leveraging the rich historical and contemporary resources that the capital city and Italy provide. Established in 1982, TUJ is the oldest and largest branch campus of a foreign university in Japan. TUJ was the first university to be officially designated a Foreign University, Japan Campus by the Japanese government in 2005. Each semester, students have the flexibility to transition between TUJ, the Rome campus, and the main campus in the U.S.

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