Message from Dr. Alan Brender
Dean of the Lakeland University Japan Campus
Welcome to the seventh annual Conference on Global Higher Education at the Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) campus. This would have been the eighth annual conference, if we had not had to cancel the conference last year because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The continuing effects of the pandemic have caused all of us to be resilient and to find alternative solutions. Thus, we are holding this conference virtually on Zoom, rather than face-to-face on our campus. Although there are some positive aspects to holding the conference online, such as eliminating travel time and being able to observe the proceedings of the conference from the comfort of our favorite easy chair, there are many drawbacks, especially missing personal connections, experiencing reactions to our presentations, and being unable to network.
Until recently, LUJ had two basic programs: a two-year academic program culminating in an Associate of Arts (A.A) degree and an intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, which provides 24 hours per week of English language instruction for students whose language skills are not sufficient to be successful in our academic program.
The start of the summer semester on April 26 marked a new milestone for LUJ: we began offering courses through which student could earn a baccalaureate (B.A.) degree. The new program was launched with the approval of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as well as that of the Higher Learning Commission, our American accrediting agency. The new program has been initiated in the 30th anniversary year of the creation of the Tokyo campus.
Our main campus was established in Plymouth, Wisconsin in 1862. Although longevity is a positive factor, our real strength lies in our current students and faculty, in the their many diverse backgrounds and experiences, and in how they interact. Students from Russia and the United States, from China and Taiwan, from India and Pakistan, and from Saudi Arabia and Israel sit side-by-side and together form bonds that unite us all. Students from approximately 25 other countries fill out the gaps in our international pastiche. Japanese students, who account for 60 percent of our academic program, provide the mortar that binds the student body together. Faculty from such diverse countries as Ecuador, Mali, China, Russia, Bulgaria and the Netherlands combine with professors from English-speaking countries to complete the international mosaic.
LUJ is not only a university campus that teaches students from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds, but also those grappling with physical disabilities, gender issues and other unique situations. Transnationalism and diversity are traits we espouse
Welcome to LUJ, and, of course, to the conference.
7th Annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland University Japan
June 5, 2021
Conference Committee ChairRoger Grabowski, Jr.
Roger Grabowski, Jr.
WebmasterLuis Poza (Webmaster)
Zoom Room Hosts/Panel Moderators
Roger Grabowski, Jr.
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