Women's Studies Summer Academic Program (WSSAP)

Kazuko (Zukie) Hirota, Ph.D

Zukie3Dr. Kazuko “Zukie” Hirota is the co-founder and current Managing Director of NIC International College in Japan, as well as an active board member of Lakeland University Japan. A short list of her achievements includes an honorary Ph.D. in International Education from Lakeland University (1999), earning a Certificate in Management in Leadership in Education at Harvard School of Education (2000), and being appointed as a TOEFL Board Member (2001 – 2005).She has also received several awards, including the State of Nevada Governor’s Award, the Certificate of Recognition from the University of Nevada-Reno, and receiving the “Special Award” in Japan for her support of young people’s growth.

She has written and published five books to date. Dr. Hirota established the Kaori Foundation named in the memory of her daughter who passed away at the age of eighteen. The mission of the Kaori Foundation is to bring education to undeveloped countries. Dr. Hirota has successfully established the first school in Cambodia with intentions of expanding into other countries in the region.

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