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06 July 2020 In LUJ News

A new partnership between Lakeland University and Virginia Wesleyan University will expand opportunities for students attending the campus in Tokyo that was founded by Lakeland almost 30 years ago.

These exciting opportunities include expanded programming and co-branding of international possibilities under the name Lakeland University Japan and Virginia Wesleyan University Global.

Students starting at Lakeland University Wisconsin, Lakeland University Japan and Virginia Wesleyan University will have access to a variety of pathways that include studying in Tokyo, Wisconsin and/or Virginia. The pathways include completion of a soon-to-be-approved bachelor’s degree in business administration at the Tokyo campus, which will allow students to complete their education at any of the locations.

LUJ is truly an international university, teaching more than 300 students from 30 countries. Its English speaking degree program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and LUJ is one of two American universities approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to operate in Japan.

Lakeland President David Black said this new agreement will strengthen Lakeland’s commitment to the region by providing more opportunities for students.

"For nearly three decades we have maintained our strong commitment to our presence in Japan, and this new agreement positions us for a strong future," Black said. "Students from around the world study at LUJ, and we look forward to providing a wider variety of programs to a truly global campus."

Black said the agreement with Virginia Wesleyan will also create stronger study abroad opportunities for international students in the United States.

"By adding a school on the East Coast as our partner, it will provide international students who study at Virginia Wesleyan easy access to the areas where people first came to this country," Black said. "For students to understand America in her fullness historically, politically and economically, they need to spend time in places like Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

"We offer our students who choose to study abroad two very different American opportunities, urban and rural, which will allow them to really sample life in the United States."

Lakeland and Virginia Wesleyan students and faculty will also have the opportunity to travel to the Tokyo campus, which is located in Shinjuku, part of Tokyo’s central government and business district. With train connections to all parts of Tokyo and Japan, students have easy access to a plethora of museums, cultural areas and recreation opportunities.

While this partnership is new, it builds on a long-standing relationship between Lakeland President David Black and VWU President Scott D. Miller. Black has served as Executive-in-Residence at Virginia Wesleyan since 2015, and he has played an instrumental role in a number of significant projects at VWU.

Questions about Lakeland University Japan and Virginia Wesleyan University Global can be directed to Vice President for Lakeland University Japan Brian Frink.

19 March 2019 In LUJ News

Congratulations to our LUJ alumni (2010) Jackie Ho, who went on to further her studies at the Lakeland home campus! For Jackie, attending Lakeland was more than just a stepping stone. “Applying to LUJ, which was still LCJ back then, is probably the best and smartest decision I have made in my life. I still remember thinking to myselfin my Japanese language school in Asakusabashithat I should try and apply to universities and get my degree. I followed what my heart told me and one door led to another!”

After completing her four-year degree at the Lakeland home campus (Hospitality Management major), Jackie found herself engaged in multiple enjoyable employment opportunities. She excitedly took the opportunity to work as a reservationist for Hokkaido Tourism Management, where she has been employed for the past five years. Since December of 2014, she began working at the hotel Ki Niseko (managed by HTM) as a duty manager and supervisor. However, most recently she has had her eyes on a new opportunity. “As much as I love working there [HTM], January of this year, I have accepted a new job as the manager of a new hotel opening this summer and will be starting this new exciting challenge from March.”

When asked if she had any words for current/future students of LUJ regarding her experiences, Jackie commented, “I will never forget the closeness, friendliness, and warm feeling between students, faculty, and staff when I was there. Naturally, you become friends, and it’s fulfilling every day. Attending LUJ could easily be the best thing I have experienced in my life.”

12 March 2019 In LUJ News

Congratulations to our LUJ alumnus (2013) Ryoma Abe, who went on to pursue his B.A. degree in Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York! For Ryoma, the decision to study at LUJ was a catalyst for traversing the world. “LUJ is where I learned English and they opened the door for me to throw myself into the world. I see a lot of my friends from LUJ are living their dream all over the world and having friends like them motivates me a lot to think that I can do better at anything!” Following his academic studies, Ryoma has also taken to giving back to various communities as well as pursuing his own dream. “I spent some time in Honduras volunteering (building schools for kids who don’t have access to education) and lived in San Luis Potosi, Mexico for a year teaching English and Japanese. It’s been 2 years since I started living in Bogota, Colombia. I’ve been working as a Japanese teacher, but also I’m pursuing my dream to be the first Japanese reggaeton singer.”

Furthermore, Ryoma’s strong work ethic permeated whatever endeavors he set his mind to and this facilitated some of his fonder memories while attending LUJ. “I would say my favorite memories are the incredible fact that I studied a lot every day with awesome friends for 2 years and when I became the first person from LUJ to receive the Outstanding Student Award.”

When asked for a message to current and future LUJ students regarding his experiences, Ryoma explained, “Before entering LUJ, the only thing I wanted to do was sing in NY, but thanks to the various interesting classes such as philosophy, US-Japan relations, and anthropology, I got interested in learning more things besides just music and I even became a president of SAB. I can say to you that if you don’t know what to do with your life, LUJ helps you find it and if you already know, you will find more things that you want to do.”

28 February 2019 In LUJ News

Congratulations to our LUJ alumni (2017) Natsuki Saito, who just completed her B.A. degree in Hospitality Management at the Lakeland home campus! Natsuki began her college education at LUJ, and transferred to the LU Wisconsin campus to pursue her dream of working internationally in the hospitality industry. “I feel like I grew up a lot and had the best time of my life at LUW. Having taken academic classes at LUJ first, I felt well-prepared for the courses at the home campus, and that gave me the confidence and time to make a lot of friends and get involved in other things as well. I will always treasure the people I met at Lakeland – both LUJ and LUW.”

Now with her four-year degree in hand, Natsuki is taking her Lakeland experiences and skills to the next level. Recently hired as a full-time VIP Escort Service agent at the Chicago O`Hare International Airport, she will now be assisting and supporting travelers at one of the largest international airports in the world.

When asked to look back on her days at Lakeland’s Tokyo and Wisconsin campuses, Natsuki explains “I think being active, getting involved, and meeting so many various people helped me find who I want to be. I joined so many activities and clubs when I was in Wisconsin, and that was where I met my precious friends. All of this led to just so many great memories.”

27 February 2019 In LUJ News

Lakeland University Japan will host it's 6th Annual Conference on Global Higher Education on Saturday, June 8th. The theme for this year's conference is "Students in the Center: Reevaluating How We Teach and Serve."

The one-day conference brings together educators from Japan and abroad to discuss topics related to university education in an international context. The wide range of presentation topics includes global competency, study abroad, foreign language education, administration, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), diversity, and educational technology.

The conference has attracted presenters and attendees from all corners of Japan as well as from Germany, Romania, Russia, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States.

For more information, please see the conference website http://conference.luj.tokyo/.

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