Wednesday, May 14, 2008
UWG faculty members are on an education mission in Japan this month. One of the many objectives of the delegation is to visit Kagoshima University in Kagoshima, Japan, and continue the university’s International Exchange Program with Kagoshima faculty and students. Dr. Bill Schaniel, professor of economics and director of International Programs, is coordinating the journey.
“The West Georgia delegation has three objectives,” said Schaniel. “The first is to enhance exchange opportunities for College of Ed students and Kagoshima students. The second is to build on the relations between the faculty at both universities and develop teaching, pedagogical and research cooperation, and third, to observe the Japanese Language Development Program at Kagoshima.”
The trip includes incoming COE Dean Kim Metcalf; Dr. Walter Todd, physical education and recreation and intramurals; Dr. Judy Butler, secondary education; Dr. Rosalind Duplechain, early childhood and elementary education; Dr. Danilo M. Baylen, media and instructional technology; Dr. Aki Matsushima, Dr. Jay Alberg and Teresa Orr, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; and Yumi Alberg, library instructor/cataloging.
“We begin our trip with completely open minds,” said Metcalf. “Our goal is to further develop a relationship with Kagoshima University and expand opportunities for both students and faculty members. It will be very interesting to explore options for sharing areas of particular expertise across the universities.”
Students and faculty members from Kagoshima University have visited UWG as part of the International Exchange Program several times. This is the first trip for COE faculty members and plans include meeting the president and vice president of Kagoshima, visiting both Kagoshima campuses, and visiting middle and high schools in the region.
UWG educators will also make a presentation to the faculty at the university. The delegation has packed the trip’s work agenda, but has also set aside the last day for a little tourism time.
A successful trip will result in UWG students being eligible to enroll at Kagoshima to attend Japanese language classes and allow West Georgia to increase the number of Japanese language courses it offers to students.
A delegation of Japanese faculty from Kagoshima will visit Carrollton in June to participate in the Learning Festival and to continue developing pedagogical, teaching, research and student exchange possibilities with COE faculty.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction will sponsor its second Learning Festival for educators in P-12 classrooms in Georgia on June 2 – 6.
For more information on The Learning Festival, call Dr. Rosalind Duplechain at 678-839-6067. For more information on the trip, contact Bill Schaniel at 678-839-4780.