An Update from the Dean

Moving Forward

June 30, 2017

Now, finally, we can announce to the world TUJ's plans to have a new building on the campus of Showa Women's University beginning in the summer of 2019! This facility will replace both Azabu Hall and Mita Hall, and will house all existing TUJ operations.

The TUJ, Temple U, and Showa Women's University (SWU) teams have been working on this for a full year and I have been waiting for the day when we could tell all of our faculty, staff, students and supporters that, after 20 years, we are finally moving to a building that is built to our design for education purposes, that will bring all TUJ operations under one roof, and which will be located on a real college campus. The move comes at a very important time as our undergraduate student body is now approaching 1,200 students and there is not much more room to grow at our current location.

But this move is much more than just a move from one facility to another. Our partnership with SWU is the perfect example of the idea that if globalization is driven by technical advances that make it easier for us to travel and communicate across borders, then international relations is about the people who make those communications and do that traveling. This is all about educating TUJ and SWU students to be good global citizens who can comfortably interact with people from other social, economic, religious, cultural and political backgrounds.

The Japanese American relationship is a great example of how dissimilar people can learn to collaborate and cooperate. It is an historic example of former bitter enemies becoming the closest of friends and allies. This could only occur through Japanese people and American people communicating: getting to know, understand, and appreciate each other. What we are doing will help carry on that tradition to a new generation. By bringing students from Japan, America, and from around the globe to one place with these two universities, we have created the foundation upon which we can educate a new global generation by providing knowledge, understanding and, most importantly, the experience of communicating across all national, religious, ethnic and cultural boundaries. This partnership will become one of the great initiatives in Japanese and American higher education.

So, what will the partnership look like? Well the most obvious is the new building. It will be 6 stories tall and have a floor space of about 8,831 square meters (8,831 about 95,000 sq. feet), with a large open atrium design on the first floor that will contain a student lounge, cafeteria and art gallery space. The building will be across a narrow street from the main SWU campus and accessible directly from the Sangenjaya subway station. In addition, TUJ students will have access to amenities on the SWU campus made available to them, while SWU students will be able to use the TUJ campus as well.

The interaction between TUJ and SWU students will be supported by the physical proximity of the two campuses and by the other collaborative programs that TUJ and SWU will develop. TUJ and SWU already have an MOU for academic exchange, but by the time TUJ moves on to the SWU campus we will have an academic partnering program that will allow SWU to complete two years of their education at TUJ with the goal of attaining degrees from both institutions. The academic relationship will also support collaboration among SWU and TUJ faculty.

Collaborative academic and administrative programs, close proximity, and joint usage of facilities on each location will allow for student formal and informal interactions and collaborations. For example, we envision that student clubs from the two organizations will want to work with each other. Art, fashion, and design projects undertaken by students from both institutions can be displayed together. Sports clubs can compete against each other.

Finally, I want to give a shout out to the leadership of SWU. This partnership could only work because SWU is a very forward-looking Japanese institution that is willing to leverage their relationship with TUJ, the only fully-operating foreign university in Japan, to support the development of their own international programs by increasing their diversity and increasing the number of English-language content courses available to their students. SWU has already gotten a great start in both areas through their Global Business and International Studies programs. Also, SWU is one of the few Japanese universities to have a full campus overseas, Showa Boston, and we can foresee even broader collaboration between Temple University, SWU, TUJ and Showa Boston.

There are also many other initiatives going on at TUJ but of course none will have as big an impact as the SWU partnership. So please watch this space over the next few years as I keep you up to date with developments in the SWU partnership, as well as our other initiatives.

With best regards,