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Springfield College And Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College Continue Cooperative Agreement

Posted October 3, 2012

Takikawa SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield College and Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College, Japan, signed a continuing agreement of collaboration recently at Marsh Memorial. Springfield College and Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College have been sister schools since they signed the original five-year renewable agreement on July 14, 2010, a collaboration that includes scholarly research, exchanging faculty and students, and sharing curricular information.

Signing were Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn; Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College President Hiroshi Tamura; Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno; and Takikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan Mayor Kokichi Maeda.

Also attending the signing were International Affairs Division Director Yasuhiro Yamauchi; Takikawa City Assembly Chairman and Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College Parents Association President Norikazu Mizuguchi; Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College Alumni Association President Takehiro Yamamoto; Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College Secretariat Hiroki Moriya; Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College Associate Professor of English Yasushi Ninomiya; and Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College Associate Professor of Physical Education and Health Kazunori Tanaka.

Under the continued agreement, Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College will have 12 of its students and two faculty members stay at Springfield College until Oct. 8 to participate in classes and activities with international students on campus.

Kokugakuin University Hokkaido Junior College became the 14th prominent higher education institution with an active international agreement for mutually beneficial cooperation with Springfield College. Other such agreements have been signed with universities in Ireland, Spain, China and Taiwan. The college also has students in study abroad programs at universities in Australia, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland and Spain.

Internationalism has been a guiding principle at Springfield College since 1885. The Springfield College Doggett International Center assists international students and hosts international scholars, coaches and guests. The college also conducts student missions to economically disadvantaged countries to provide needed human services.

For more than a century, Springfield College presidents and sports teams have traveled the globe building relationships, conducting educational and sports programs, and receiving governmental and humanitarian awards. Today, more than 600 alumni reside in 65 countries outside the United States.

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