Temple University, Japan Campus, Celebrates 25th Anniversary

September 7, 2007

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the oldest and the largest branch campus of a foreign university in Japan. All classes are conducted in English, and TUJ follows the same curriculum and confers the same degrees and diplomas as the main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In February 2005, TUJ became the first Foreign University, Japan Campus, recognized by Japan's Ministry of Education.

At present, TUJ offers undergraduate and graduate programs (Law, MBA, M.S.Ed in TESOL), as well as such non-degree programs as the Academic Preparation Program, Continuing Education, and Corporate Education. The total number of students stands at approximately 3,000.

To help commemorate its 25th anniversary, TUJ will hold a special symposium, as discussed below.

TUJ 25th Anniversary Symposium: International Education in Japan—A Concept in Search of Substance

Saturday, November 10, at Roppongi Academy Hills

Despite accelerating globalization and much talk about "international education," domestic perspectives and agendas still dominate education in most countries, including Japan. This symposium will therefore discuss what is meant by international education in the Japanese context and then consider the role that international education can play in Japan's future development. Two keynote speakers will look at macro-level issues and then simultaneous break-out sessions will focus on international education at the university level and on English-language education for children.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Gavan McCormack, emeritus professor in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University
Ms. Sakie T. Fukushima, Regional Managing Director, Korn/Ferry International

In addition, the following special events are scheduled in the coming months. More details will be available on our website.

Change Management in Global Organizations: The Case of Japan

October 5 at Tokyo American Club

An interactive discussion focusing on innovative ways for foreign companies to implement change within Japan's tradition-bound business culture. Panelists will be senior executives with direct experience in implementing change in Japan. Dr. James Portwood, who has extensive experience coaching and consulting with executives in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, will moderate.

Urban Regeneration, Sustainability, and Economic Development: An International Dialogue

November 17 at Shinsei Bank Hall

Cities across the world are now being recognized as engines of economic growth and regeneration for their countries. Cities are also competing for investments and businesses that can keep them vibrant and competitive, as well as dealing with issues of environmental sustainability. This conference brings together experts from around the world, from developed as well as developing countries, to share strategies and lessons on this theme. Featured speakers include Jockin Arputham, Fred Clark, Mitsuru Senda, and Zheng Shiling.

Anthropology of Japan in Japan Annual Conference

November 17-18 at Temple University, Japan Campus

TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) will host the 10th annual conference of Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ). The 2007 AJJ conference invites proposals that offer critical discussions of the intersections of power in the ongoing construction of identities and negotiation of relationships in contemporary Japanese society. The keynote speaker will be Roger Goodman, Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford, who will give a special presentation about The Changing Nature of Power, Self-Identities, and Relationships in Japanese Higher Education.

Legal Risks and Obstacles Facing Japanese Companies Doing Business in the United States—A Primer for Japanese Legal Staff and Lawyers Responsible for Managing American Litigation

December 5-6 at Temple University, Japan Campus

A conference, to be held over two evenings and presented by Temple Law School and the American Bar Association, discussing the many obstacles facing Japanese companies doing business in the United States. Panelists of Attorneys from the United States will discuss various legal issues relating to the formation of U.S. subsidiaries, including employment and management practices, litigation strategies, and legal ethics. (US-qualified attorneys can receive MCLE credit, including ethics credit, for attending the conference.)