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Japan Spring Break Program Open to 23 Hendrix Students

CONWAY, Ark. (November 27, 2017) – Hendrix College has been awarded an opportunity to send 23 students and two faculty/staff members to Tokyo and Hiroshima during Spring Break, March 17-25, 2018, through the Kakehashi Project, one of Japan’s “Friendship Ties Programs” promoted by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Kakehashi Project is a fully-funded exchange program that promotes cross-cultural exchange between Japanese and North American students, with the aim of promoting interest in, and understanding of, Japan’s economy, society, history, culture, politics, and diplomatic relations.

The nine-day program will include visits to Tokyo and Hiroshima, tours of educational institutions, high-tech and traditional industries, world heritage sites, and government offices, lectures by officials and educators, participation in cultural events, discussions with local students, and home stays with Japanese families. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience Japan, and builds on Japan-related programming on campus and in the community being coordinated by our Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator, Ms. Aya Murata, and the Asian Studies Program,” said Gwen Stockwell, Director of International Student Services at Hendrix, who is helping to coordinate the trip. “This award speaks to the active support from President Tsutsui and International Programs to increase international programming and opportunities, and will help promote student interest in Japan. We are grateful to the Japanese government and honored to be able to participate in this.” 

Selected students will be joined on the trip by Dr. Mark Goadrich (Associate Professor of Computer Science) and Ms. Claudia Courtway (Assistant Director of International Programs).

As part of the exchange, Hendrix will also host 23 students and two faculty/staff members from its partner institution in Japan, Hiroshima Prefectural University, for a brief visit in early Spring semester 2018.

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