An Update from the Dean Stronach

Happy Holidays

December 10, 2008

It is the holiday season and soon everyone will be heading back home for their respective holidays, and what a lot of them there are for our very diverse students...New Year, Christmas, Oshogatsu, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Muharram. No matter what the holiday is, it gives us all a chance to rest a bit and charge our batteries. What will I be doing, you ask? My task for the holidays is to get a head start on a new strategic plan for the Temple University Japan Campus that I want to complete by the end of February.

Planning for the Future

TUJ has not had a strategic plan since the end of 2006 and after several years of rapid growth, now is a good time to step back and create a plan for the future. There are many fundamental questions that need to be asked and answered. What are the best academic programs for us? We will be carrying out an academic program review to determine whether our present curriculum is what is really needed at this institution at this time. How large an institution do we want to be? At present we have about 1200 undergraduate and graduate students, but how much more do we want to grow? What do we want for facilities? We must face the conundrum of wanting to be in downtown Tokyo but not having enough room here to expand our programs or develop programs with a better academic infrastructure. What will be the business plan for our future development? Education is costly and yet we want to provide the best education we can for the lowest cost to our students, especially in this time of economic uncertainty. As the staff go off on their own holidays, as varied as those for the students, we also have to consider how to maintain the small, intimate, community feeling that TUJ has enjoyed for so many years while dealing with the reality of an expanded staff and also the need for economic efficiency.

Goodbye to an Old, Good Friend

Adelaide at 2008 TUJ Commencement
Adelaide at 2008 TUJ Commencement

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Adelaide Ferguson, Interim Vice President for International Affairs, will be retiring from Temple University at the end of the year. Many of us know her personally as Adelaide has worked closely with TUJ, and has been a constant supporter, for 21 years. We all thank Adelaide for her years of dedicated service and for all she has accomplished for the Law School, International Affairs and especially the Japan Campus. She is moving on to a second career in which I know she will be outstanding but, on the other hand, we at TUJ will miss her help and support very much.

Have a Happy Holiday, whatever it may be and wherever you may be!

With best regards,