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Alumni Network Message from Alumni Association

E-Newsletter for International Students

Hello to our alumni and to all of Nanzan University’s current international students. My name is Robert Croker, and I am a deputy director of the Center for International Affairs. My main responsibility is to oversee matters related to international students’ academic issues.

It is now the beginning of March, 2019, and we are enjoying the clear, crisp days of winter here in Nagoya. The students of the Center for Japanese Studies are almost midway through their spring semester, and the undergraduate and graduate students are enjoying their spring break.

As of May 2018, there were 250 foreign students from almost 30 countries studying at Nanzan University. About 100 students were studying in the undergraduate program, about 25 in the graduate programs, and the remaining 120 were students at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS).

This is a short note to fill you in on what has been happening at Nanzan. Firstly, the Raymond Renovation Project to renew the buildings on the Nagoya campus is continuing apace, and F, G, and J Buildings have been completed. Also, the sports ground has been laid with green grass, adding a bright dash of color to the western part of the campus.

A recent initiative is NU-COIL (Nanzan University - Collaborative Online International Learning), which will facilitate Nanzan students working online with students primarily in the United States but also with students in other countries. The project was adopted as a "Re-Inventing Japan Project" by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).  You can also see an article on "NU-COIL" on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NanzanUniversityIntlAlumni.

International exchange continues to be a priority at Nanzan, and exchange agreements have now been signed with about 90 universities in over 20 countries. As part of the ‘Vision for Internationalization in Nanzan University’, the goal is to establish agreements with 130 universities by 2027 as part of the Nanzan Grand Design initiative. This will facilitate more international exchanges with educational institutions around the world, bringing the world to Nanzan and taking Nanzan students and faculty to the world, keeping us more deeply connected internationally.

To help us reach out to the rest of the world, we would like to enlist the support of our alumni. We would like to stay connected with you all and hear about your successes and developments out there on the global stage. Please post your recent news on FACEBOOK or send us an e- mail or letter.

As you know, Nanzan University representative offices have been opened in Shanghai and Beijing. Please think of where else we could establish new representative bases, as well as how to use these bases effectively in terms of enhancing our education and research.

Once again this year, staff from the Center for International Affairs will continue to travel to locations all around the world. We really look forward to being able to see our alumni on such visits. Please come by and catch up with us.

Finally, we hope that you are all well in your respective countries, and that endeavors are going smoothly.

Robert Croker
Deputy Director
Center for International Affairs

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Contacting Alumni Association

Nanzan International Students Alumni Network
Center for International Affairs
Nanzan University
18 Yamazato-cho Showa-ku
Nagoya 466-8673
e-mail: intl-alumni@nanzan-u.ac.jp

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