TUJ Times Online

September 13, 2004 (vol. 1)


TUJ Times Online, our online monthly newsletter, will keep you informed of recent news at TUJ and its alumni.


Announcements:

Join us for the TUJ Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies Fall 2004 Lecture Series

Temple University Japan's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies provides a forum for Asian Studies scholars to present work related to contemporary social and political issues in Japan.

  • "Fifty Years of Journal-Keeping in Japan and How to Do It" with Donald Richie
    Friday, October 1
    7 p.m., TUJ Room 206/207
  • "Japan's Security Policy and Constitutional Reform" Panel Discussion with Roger Buckley, Robert Dujarric and Robyn Lim
    Friday, October 15
    7 p.m., TUJ Room 206/207
  • "Japan's Quiet Revolution" with Jeff Kingston
    Friday, November 12
    7 pm, TUJ Room 206/207

For information about the lecture series please contact ICJS Director, Dr. Kyle Cleveland at 03-5441-9800, ext. 709 (mobile: 09046069779) or cleveland@tuj.ac.jp. Institute lectures are open to the general public, but space may be limited. RSVP is not required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the TUJ Information Center, tel. 03-5441-9800 or ic@tuj.ac.jp.


News:

"Temple University Goes on a Hiring Spree" - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Temple University is in the midst of a two-year, 170-professor hiring spree. Leaders call it a "once in a generation opportunity" for Temple to dramatically improve its research and classroom offerings. Temple can afford the professorial padding in part because of increased enrollment and a glut of retiring faculty. But the University is also hiring positions that were deliberately left vacant over the last several years.


Enrollment Up, Financial Performance Up

When TUJ separated from its Japanese business partner in 1996, the school suffered a severe drop in enrollment due to the associated change of location from Minami Osawa to Minami Azabu. Since then, however, enrollment has been steadily increasing. This fall, for example, we anticipate record-high enrollments in the undergraduate, law, and continuing education programs.

Not only is the number of local students up, but the number of Study Abroad students from the U.S. has been increasing over the last couple of years. This fall, for instance, we are expecting 54 undergraduate students from main campus and other U.S. universities, compared to just 38 a year earlier.

As a result of these trends, the total number of students at the Japan campus is now about 2,100, up from 1,700 in 2002-2003. As enrollment goes up, of course, the school's financial performance improves. TUJ operated in the black in 2003-2004 for the first time since its separation from its business partner. Many factors contributed to the financial turnaround, including higher undergraduate student retention resulting from the popularity of new majors, strong performances by law, education, and corporate education; and more careful expense management.


Summer Intensive English Program for High School Students Hosted at TUJ

TUJ hosted its fifth Intensive English Program for high school students August 9 to August 13 at its Minato-ku, Tokyo campus. The annual program is for high school students eager to study English during summer break. More than 78 high school students, mostly grade 11s and 12s, participated in this year's program. Beyond classroom study, they enjoyed interacting with TUJ students and the experience of American university life in Tokyo.


International MBA Students Welcomed

From July 1 - 26, TUJ hosted 21 international MBA students as part of Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management's one-year International MBA Program. Students begin classes in either Paris, France, or Mumbai, India, before congregating in Philadelphia. They then visit TUJ as their third study venue. In addition to class work at TUJ, they visited various business and non-business entities in Japan, including the World Bank, Japanese government ministries, and Beacon Communication.


Annual Alumni Reunion!

Our Annual Alumni Reunion will be coming soon in fall. Look forward to where you'll have a chance to see old friends and teachers! Details will be announced shortly.


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