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WMU receives visit from Japanese counterpart

Sept. 3, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Faculty from Otaru University of Commerce in Hokkaido, Japan, are visiting Western Michigan University this week to review the universities' longstanding student exchange relationship.

Dr. Kazuo Watanabe, dean of the graduate school, Dr. Kohichi Sayama, information and management science, and Kyosuke Maruyama, international planning, plan to spend most of their time at WMU meeting with students, faculty and staff in the Soga Japan Center and Haworth College of Business. Ontaru will also survey the campus for input on its graduate programs.

The campus community is invited to meet with the visitors during a luncheon Friday, Sept. 5, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Cafeteria. Those wishing to attend should respond to WMU's study abroad office.

Otaru University of Commerce is one of WMU's longstanding exchange partners in Japan and offers an extensive array of intensive Japanese courses as well as business and economics courses taught in English. More than 40 students have been exchanged between Otaru and WMU since the beginning of the schools' exchange partnership in 1994.

For more information, contact Brett Berquist, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, at brett.berquist@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5890.

Media contact: Tonya R. Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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