26 graduate students from the United States visited Waseda on November 30 to discuss international education, theories, trends and opportunities for US-Japan collaboration. In the latest installment of the KAKEHASHI program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supported by the US-Japan Research Institute (USJI), Waseda hosted groups from Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. The guests were welcomed by Professor Katsuichi Uchida, Waseda Deputy President and President of USJI.
By request of the visitors, Professor Kazuo Kuroda, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies and Dean of International Affairs, gave a presentation about international studies and US-Japan exchange and cooperation in education. The graduate students, specializing in international affairs and education, continued the dialogue with Professor Kuroda about topics such as peace education, global citizenship, language as cultural hegemony, and the relevance of humanities and STEM subjects to educational exchange.Kakehashi Project is a large-scale exchange program funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), designed to allow over 5000 young people to travel and participate in international exchange. Waseda has hosted two other events this year, involving groups from Columbia University, the Congressional Research Service, the National Economists Club and the Heritage Foundation.