Board of Overseers
"Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is a unique place in Japan where the kind of leadership that is highly valued in today's environment is nurtured. Globalization is here now, however, many countries including Japan are struggling to develop quality leaders who can face our rapidly evolving challenges. These challenges include poverty, diseases, human-rights, education, the environment, and food, to name but a few, and they must be tackled through the collaborative effort of multiple nations. Students and graduates of TUJ have already built a strong foundation upon which to become a global leader because of its diversity of students from over 50 countries, the quality of faculty and staff, and the way in which students learn to communicate with those who come from diverse cultures. The Board is committed to support bringing many more people to come and learn at this great institution. If you have any suggestions, please write to us!"
"I am a proud Temple University graduate, receiving my Master's Degree from the main campus in Philadelphia in 1984. My adventure with Temple University began in 1982 coincidentally at the same time TUJ was being established in Japan. Having just returned to the U.S. after receiving my BA at Sophia University, I recall dreaming of the day when quality international education would be available to more students in Japan. Now nearly 30 years later, I have been given the unique opportunity to assist in making this dream a reality. Over the years, though many other American and foreign universities have attempted to take root in Japan, they have failed where TUJ has thrived. More and more, from politicians and government officials to industry leaders and the general public, there is a growing recognition that for Japan to compete in the 21st Century, the lessons in critical thinking and quality international educational on offer at TUJ have become increasingly central to Japan's success. As students of TUJ you can be confident that the stature of TUJ as an institution of educational excellence will continue to grow. You can also be confident that you belong to a community of scholars that is committed to excellence in learning for the long haul."
"I am very excited to be part of the Board of Overseers for TUJ. Education has been one of the areas I have a lot of passion for, and I would like to do as much as I can to help the success of the students and the school. In my first year on the Board, I will be working particularly in the area of Academics with the school to bring out the best in our students and enable them to be great leaders for the society. In my daily work where we use technologies on the web to enable innovation to happen, I learn about the importance of creating a future where no one has been, and creating possibilities for everyone to be the best they can. I look forward to working with all of you and contributing to your success."
"It has been said these days that a majority of young Japanese people are becoming domestic minded and do not want to study or work abroad. This tendency should be a serious concern for Japanese society but is a great thing for TUJ students. The more Japanese society becomes inward looking, the more valuable TUJ students will be. As Japan needs more and more young people who understand different culture and think globally, I foresee a bright future for TUJ students and alumni who will contribute even more to Japanese society. I am proud of the Temple University students and alumni pursuing this path with 'challenge spirit'."
"I've been working for TUJ for seven years as a board member mainly in the legal & status fields. I think the new challenge of further activating the board is very good idea. I worked for Mitsubishi Corporation for about 40years. It's very exciting experience for me to have worked as Human Resources Director in France, the USA and Japan. After Mitsubishi, I worked for the University of Tokyo as a Board member, Managing Director."
"Actually I'm a Visiting Professor, company Auditor etc., and at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science & Technology I'm a member of the 'Commission on International Exchange Policy' (国際交流政策懇談会) and 'Committee to Discuss the Development of Foreign Language Proficiency'（外国語能力の向上に関する検討会）. I'm now thinking of how best to coordinate these committees and TUJ's management, if possible."
"I studied at Yale University for my Ph.D. as a Fulbright scholar and this study abroad experience has had an invaluable impact upon my life. As a social psychologist I have carried out an extensive empirical research on foreign students in Japan and how their study abroad experience has affected their lives after they returned to their home country. Naturally, I see great value and potential TUJ has in this globalized world as a field for intercultural encounter and communication and am proud to promote TUJ and take part in its further development."
"At the same time, I know that TUJ has encountered various problems during its 28 years in Japan. I imagine that some were not easy to overcome. Yet TUJ has stayed in Japan when other American universities in Japan retreated. This is truly commendable and has led to today's success. Under the excellent leadership of Dean Stronach, I am convinced that TUJ will grow further and I am willing to help in any way possible."
"Like products and services, learning institutions and academies also need strong brands to distinguish themselves among a crowd of competitors. However, such stand-out brands can only be created using well-designed, well-executed marketing strategies. I am excited to be able to contribute to the branding / marketing challenge that lies ahead for TUJ."
"In public, it is said that, as for price, China wins, as for technology, Germany wins, and for service Japan wins. However, if we have only service as a feature, can Japanese companies be sure of their future survival as global businesses? (Are we able to attract people's attention with service only?) I think that we Japanese people can greatly improve our global sense by studying the American educational system. Student of TUJ are certainly the kind of talented people for whom the Japanese company is asking/requiring from now on."
"Through a long career as a journalist specializing in international affairs, I have come to believe that imparting knowledge about other countries to young people and encouraging them to acquire the attitudes and skills needed to thrive in cultures other than their own should be our highest priority.
I first became acquainted with TUJ some 10 years ago, when, as a board member of the Asahi Shimbun, I was discussing with TUJ an opportunity to participate in the publication, in English, of the Asahi's famous current affairs and arts journal, The Japan Quarterly. Since that time, I have been convinced that TUJ is one of the most suitable places for young people of diverse backgrounds and nationalities to learn empirically about the world they will enter on graduation as full-fledged members of society. I need not go into detail about the reasons why except to say that the English language education and the American college degree which TUJ endows function as a veritable "driver's license," a must have for those who wish to make their way in the international community. I am sad to say that at this time no Japanese university can do the same.
As a board member, I would like to contribute through my journalistic and other networks to make the opportunities that TUJ offers through high quality English language education better known both in Japan and abroad."
"TUJ is the perfect institution to connect Japan with the rest of the world. Located in Tokyo with the most established history of any foreign university in Japan, it is uniquely positioned to educate and promote the next generation of multi-cultural leaders to Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. TUJ's strong support and connection with Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia presents unique opportunities for learning and development unparalleled in the world of higher education. TUJ offers you a premier ticket to the world; where your ticket takes you is entirely in your hands."
"Studying through the programs of Temple University Japan provides our students - of many nationalities - with a truly unique opportunity to become "cultural bridges" at a time of increasingly complex forces of globalization. The skill-sets you acquire will be called upon as you take steps in a variety of careers, and I encourage you to see both the individual benefits, and the benefits to our respective societies and the global community, of your time at TUJ. It has been my pleasure to have served on the Board for 6-plus years, and to have taught several courses, sharing in the dynamism, unique role, and exciting educational community TUJ represents. I encourage you to make the most of your experiences, and to consider studying at TUJ if you are seeking a quality Liberal Arts' education right here in Japan."
"I want TUJ to be known by many Japanese people for its long standing motto and practice of "Access to Excellence". I am a small part of this testimonial in which I was helped by Temple University some 40 years ago and as a result I was able to lead a fruitful life upon graduation. I appreciate Temple University for being a big provider in my life, and I would like to do as much as I can for Temple University in return for what they have done for me. The ideas of Temple University are alive and valid anywhere in the world, today. However, they are particularly valid in Japan because they are future oriented and inclusive. I strongly believe that TUJ makes sense because it will help students to grow and become contributing members of the global community."
"It is a pleasure for me to serve as a member of the Board of Overseers for Temple University, Japan. TUJ clearly plays an important role in this country by offering an opportunity for young people to secure an excellent college education from an institution with a truly global outlook and mission.
Now, more than ever, young people embarking on careers need a clear understanding of what globalization means for their chosen profession, their nation and the world at large. The lives of people are rapidly being shaped by cross cultural exchange of ideas, digitalization of media and communications, ongoing convergence of political thought as well as accelerating economic integration among countries. By providing a western university environment for Japanese students and by also attracting a very diverse student body from many countries, TUJ creates a learning atmosphere that is equipping its graduates with tools necessary to be successful in this rapidly changing environment. By leveraging my experience with a global corporation where dealing with such changes is at the forefront of daily business activity, I hope to contribute a positive, constructive perspective to discussion on TUJ's direction and continued adaptation to our rapidly changing world."
"It is my great honor to serve on the Board of Overseers of Temple University Japan Campus in the year of its 30th anniversary. I went to TUJ from 1988 to 1990, then, transferred myself to the main campus in 1990 and got a degree in 1992. I really feel honored to be the first board member who studied at TUJ. As a person who actually attended classes at TUJ, I believe that I can see things from the students' point of view to make suggestions on various matters at TUJ.
Nowadays, major Japanese companies hire a great number of new foreign graduates to seek further economic success internationally. Companies are looking for new graduates who can speak foreign languages fluently and work hard to compete in the world. At TUJ there are students from more than 60 countries. TUJ students study hard to get what they want to achieve, while most students at Japanese universities spend years of college in doing club activities or interviewing for jobs. TUJ is the most prominent educational institution in Japan which can provide students with skills and experiences necessary to the current companies' needs.
I would like to contribute to TUJ for its further success."
- Karen Hill Anton
- Principal Consultant, KHA Associates
- Thomas F. Jordan
- President, Jordan and Associates
- Hiroshi Matsumoto
- Trustee, International House of Japan
- Tadatoshi Akiba
- National Chair, AFS International Program
- Ronald J. Anderson
- Senior Vice President - External Relations,
American International Group, Inc
- Julia Chang Bloch
- Ambassador, The US-China Education Trust Office
- Koichi Danno
- Director & Board member, GreenARM Co., Ltd.
- Hiroyuki Hosoda
- Member of the House of Representatives
- Masahisa Naitoh
- Special Advisor, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
- Toshiaki Ogasawara
- Chairman & Publisher, The Japan Times
- Robert M. Orr
- U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
- Allan D. Smith
- Chief Executive Officer, RGA Reinsurance Company Japan Branch
- Dennis T. Yasutomo
- Professor of Government,
Director, East Asian Studies Program, Smith College
Note: TUJ's Board of Overseers is not equivalent to the Board of Trustees which is legally responsible for the entire management of the university's business and affairs.