Delegation from Temple University’s Main Campus visits Meiji University. Temple University President Englert (center left seated) and Meiji University President Ueno (center right seated). Photo provided by Meiji University.

A delegation from Temple University’s Main and Rome Campuses recently met with leaders of Meiji University and Showa Women’s University, both of which have partnerships with Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ). They held discussions on a wide range of educational topics to strengthen their ties, while the Temple University delegation was in Japan to participate in TUJ’s graduation ceremony on May 17, 2024.

The delegation included Richard Englert, the president of Temple University; Gregory Mandel, the senior vice president and provost of Temple University; and Emilia Zankina, dean of Temple University Rome and vice provost of global engagement. They visited Meiji University on May 16, 2024, to meet with Meiji University President Masao Ueno and other university executives. Temple’s visit succeeds  TUJ Dean Matthew Wilson and Senior Associate Dean Chie Kato’s meeting last month, who also attended the meeting with the leaders from the main campus.

Temple delegation visits Showa Women’s University. SWU Chancellor Bando (center right seated) and SWU President Kanao (far right seated) Photo provided by Showa Women’s University.

Meiji’s President Ueno expressed gratitude for the visit and highlighted the strong academic relationship between the two universities, which began over a decade ago with a cooperation agreement and student exchange program. President Englert thanked Meiji University for their hospitality and emphasized Temple University’s commitment to developing and strengthening partnerships, expressing hope for further collaboration to benefit both institutions.

On the same day, May 16, the delegation also visited Showa Women’s University (SWU)  and met with executives including SWU Chancellor Mariko Bando and SWU President Akira Kanao. Since TUJ moved to Sangenjaya in 2019, both institutions have worked to strengthen ties through academic and extracurricular activities. TUJ and SWU students can take classes on each other’s campus and their credits can be transferred to their home institutions.

Prior to TUJ’s relocation to Sangenjaya in 2018, TUJ agreed to offer its “Double Degree Program” to SWU, allowing SWU’s undergraduate students to study for a total of five years (three years at Showa and two years at Temple) to earn the double degree. Additionally,  TUJ and SWU agreed in April 2022 to enable Showa to launch the “3+1 program”, which allowed its undergraduate students to graduate in three years and complete Temple’s Master in Management (MiM) program in one year.

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