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The SAF Japan Alumni Association: Inaugural Event

Since the establishment of SAF Japan, more than 2,050 Japanese students have participated on one semester or one year SAF study abroad programs. Taking this milestone into account, SAF Japan launched the SAF Japan Alumni Association on December 1st, 2012. An event was held in Tokyo at which five past SAF student participants were selected to present their ideas on the theme – Can the Internationalization of Japanese University Students Change Japan? Following the presentations, each student answered questions from the audience based on their experiences abroad. Attendees were able to vote for their favorite presentation, and Mr. Toshiki Okumura from Chuo University, who studied abroad at the University of Westminster in 2011, received the largest number of votes and won first prize. Following the student presentations, an SAF alumni who is currently working for a major Japanese corporation gave a keynote speech relating student internationalization and the future of Japan. A lunch reception was also organized and it provided students with an opportunity tonetwork exchange ideas.

The event was attended by SAF graduates/alumni, student applicants for Spring/Fall 2013 SAF programs, students who are in their initial planning stages of study abroad, and member university officials. In addition, SAF President Prof. John Belcher and Mr. Henry Oh, Director of SAF Korea, attended the event.

SAF Japan plans to expand and sustain the alumni association in cooperation with student volunteers and graduates for the benefit of student’s development, and looks forward to further events in 2013 and beyond.

Alumni Group Shot


UBD’s Discovery Year Connects with SAF

In a MoU signing ceremony on November 7, 2012, the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) joined the SAF International University Network.  Founded in 1985, UBD is the oldest, flagship university of the small Sultanate of Brunei. The university (current enrollment approximately 3,000) recently established Discovery Year to facilitate personal, academic and professional growth opportunities for their students through community-based, international education and internship programs abroad.  

Discovery Year began in 2011, and in 2012 55% of UBD undergraduates joined the program.  UBD anticipates 80% participation in 2013, and SAF is honored that our International University Network will contribute to meeting the demand for expansion and quality programming.  

It is SAF's great pleasure to begin our cooperation with UBD and its Discovery Year.

UBD Signing


Meiji University Joins the SAF International University Network

SAF is pleased to announce that Meiji University has joined the Foundation as the 14th member of the SAF International University Network in Japan.

Meiji University was founded in 1881 as the Meiji Law School by a group of young, thirtyish lawyers: Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro.  Meiji University today is one of the country’s most prominent private universities with nine faculties:  Law, Commerce, Political Science and Economics, Arts and Letters, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Business Administration, Information and Communication and Global Japanese Studies. In 2013, Meiji will launch the School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Science as its 10th School.

Meiji is a leader in the pursuit to globalize Japanese higher education. The university was selected for the Global 30 Project by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).  The Global 30 Project provides funding to participant universities to internationalize aspects of their curriculum to increase international student enrollments and to support the development of joint international research projects.  In addition, in 2012 Meiji’s School of Political Science and Economics was selected to participate in MEXT’s Promotion of Global Human Resource Development, commonly called Global 30 Plus.  Recipients of Global 30 Plus funding are expected to increase outbound student mobility, and Meiji University will receive approximately JPY 600 million in grants for this project over the next five years.

Meiji Students
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he SAF Japan and SAF Headquarter Offices look forward to working with the University to develop strategies and programming opportunities that will meet the unique needs of the institution as well as fulfill the expectations of the Global 30 Plus Project.


London PDP, September 8-12, 2012

SAF, with support from The British Council, was pleased to host a Professional Development Program (PDP) in London September 8-12, 2012.  Twenty seven international educators, academics and SAF staff from China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea had the opportunity to visit the British Council; Queen Mary, University of London; University College London; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London; and The Foundation for International Education (FIE).  The PDP also included a tour of central London by Sean Simpson, a London Blue Badge Tour Guide.  Member universities interested in participating on the next SAF PDP should be in contact with the SAF Country Office staff in Asia. 

London PDP 2012_QM


SAF to Sponsor Global Internship Conference

SAF is pleased to invite our member universities to Singapore for the 2013 Global Internship Conference (GIC): June 11-13, 2013.

Host Partner: Singapore National University

The GIC seeks to bring together all parties involved in the growing field of academic work placement, academic internships and experiential education. In June 2012 at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), conference participants debated wide-ranging issues such as best practices, diversity, paid vs. unpaid placements, and government policies. It was a lively and stimulating event.

The next GIC will take place in Singapore at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, located on the banks of the Singapore River. The conference will revisit some of these most pressing and longstanding topics of the internship field, as well as exploring a variety of new issues that attendees bring to the ever-changing agenda. The conference theme; North, South, East and West: Internships at a Crossroad; will ensure a focus on how universities and partners in Asia are bringing fresh and exciting new ideas to the world of internships. Universities and partners in North America and Europe will bring more established practices for consideration and comparison.

SAF is pleased to sponsor the GIC with the Academic Internship Council (AIC), UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore, and Michigan State University.

Please join us at the 2013 Global Internship Conference in Singapore, June 11-13, 2013! To register for the conference, simply visit GIC and click "Register" in the top right corner.

GIC Logo                 NUS                   AIC Logo

Michgan State U                      UC Berkeley                 SAF Full Logo


EAIE Conference, Dublin, September 12-14, 2012

Following the London PDP, Prof. John Belcher, SAF President and Co-CEO; Brett Rumminger, Director, SAF Japan and Henry Oh, Director, SAF Korea will attend the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference: Rethinking Education Reshaping Economies in Dublin, September 12-14.  If you would like to schedule a meeting with Prof. Belcher, Brett Rumminger or Henry Oh during EAIE, please send your inquiry to: info@studyabroadfoundation.org.

Trinity


SAF Annual Reception at NAFSA Conference, May 2012

SAF hosted its annual international university network reception at the NAFSA National Conference held in Houston, Texas, May 27-June 1, 2012.  Dr. Steven L. Klineberg, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, welcomed guests with an enlightening discussion of the sweeping demographic changes that have taken place in Harris County, Texas over the past three decades.  We are grateful to Dr. Klineberg for providing SAF partners with a unique prospective of a modern, evolving, diverse Houston that visitors to the city likely overlook.

Dr. Klineberg

 
 
   
Last Updated: 1/9/13