30th Anniversary Symposium "Liberal Arts: Developing Competency, Leadership and Global Citizenship"

Friday, November 16, 2012
14:00 - 17:00 (Doors open at 13:30)
U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University
5-53-70 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Access)
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This event is nominally supported by the United States Embassy.

Global citizens have the skills and capabilities to make a difference anywhere in the world and in any endeavor, whether in government, business or academia. Why is the liberal arts approach — the foundation of American undergraduate education — an effective way of developing such skills and capabilities? Going beyond the pedagogical aspects of a liberal arts education, the symposium will explore the deeper meaning of the "liberal arts," which may seem similar to the Japanese "ippan kyoyo kyoiku," but are actually quite different. The distinguished speakers will discuss fundamental qualities of global citizens and whether a liberal arts education is the most effective means of educating those who will advance our society and the world's economy.


Program (Simultaneous interpretation provided)

Opening remarks by Temple University President, Richard M. Englert
Presentation 1:
Outside the Box or Boxed In? Specialized Training or Liberal Arts Education
Amb. Robert M. Orr
Presentation 2:
Major Deficiencies of Japan's Higher Education Institutions
Dr. Yutaka Morohoshi
Presentation 3:
Leadership in the Global Era
Mr. Yoshiaki Fujimori
Panel discussion and QA

A cocktail reception to celebrate TUJ's 30th anniversary will be held at Reception Hall on 2F after the program (17:00–18:30).

Panelists Profile

Ambassador Robert M. Orr

Executive Director, Asian Development Bank

Ambassador Robert Orr was confirmed by the Senate as United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2010. From 2007 to 2010 he was Chairman of the Board of the Panasonic Foundation and concurrently Vice Chair of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, a member of the Board of Trustees of J.F. Oberlin University and a member of the Board of the East-West Center Foundation.

From January 2002 until March 2007 Amb. Orr was President of Boeing Japan. He held this position during the development of the most successfully selling airplane in history, the 787 Dreamliner, 35% of which is made in Japan. Prior to joining Boeing, he was Vice President and Director of European Affairs for Motorola based in Brussels, and before that he held various senior level posts with Motorola in Japan culminating as Vice President of Government Relations. In that capacity he successfully led the negotiations that opened up the cellular phone market in Japan.

In addition to the corporate world, Ambassador Orr also has spent many years in academia and the United States Government. Between 1985 and 1993 he was a professor of Political Science at Temple University Japan with two years off to run the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies and the Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation at the Stanford Japan Center in Kyoto. His book The Emergence of Japan's Foreign Aid Power published by Columbia University Press won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.

Amb. Orr's career began in 1976 when he served for two years as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Paul G. Rogers (D-FL) a 12 term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Between 1978 and 1981 he served on the House Foreign Affairs Asia Subcommittee staff seconded from the Select Committee on Narcotics. In 1981 he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator of Asia in the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Department of State.

Amb. Orr holds a B.A. in History, cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tokyo University. He speaks German and Japanese fluently and has intermediate proficiency in French.

Dr. Yutaka Morohoshi

Professor, J.F. Oberlin University

Professor Morohoshi has taught in both graduate and undergraduate programs at J.F. Oberlin University since 1998. He has also taught at Yamagata University as an adjunct professor since 2002. His fields of specialty include university administration, university reforms, leisure studies, and administration of correctional institutions. From 1999 to 2004 he was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oberlin, where he organized and executed university-wide reforms such as establishing a complete semester system, introducing a faculty evaluation system and implementing more rigorous academic evaluation.

Prior to Oberlin, he served as the first provost of Minnesota State University-Akita from 1989. The American public university's Japan campus was established through the consortium of The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Minnesota State legislature, Akita Prefecture and Yuwa City. During his tenure as provost, Dr. Morohoshi oversaw both academic and administrative operations as well as lobbied local governments and industries to build the financial foundation of the school, which was later transformed into Akita International University.

He taught at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota from 1977 to 1988, with his final title there being Professor and Acting Dean of the College of Education.

From 1971 through 1976, he served as Senior Personality Analyst at correctional institutions within the Ministry of Correctional Services, Ontario, Canada.

He has a B.A. from International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, an M.R.Ed. from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Allied Health Studies from the University of Utah.

He has published numerous books and speaks at various events hosted by colleges, companies and governments. He also frequently appears on TV and radio as a commentator. He was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1946.

Mr. Yoshiaki Fujimori

President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation
President and CEO, LIXIL Corporation

Mr. Fujimori assumed his current positions in 2011 when LIXIL Corporation was established through the merger of five major Japanese companies in the housing industry. He is vigorously pursuing the group's globalization process through organizational restructuring and human resources development.

Prior to joining LIXIL, Mr. Fujimori held numerous senior positions in General Electric since he joined GE Japan in 1986. He was the first Japanese to be appointed GE's Senior Vice President in 2001, and from 2008 he served concurrently as Chairman, President and CEO of General Electric Japan, Ltd.

His professional career started in 1975 when he took his first job at Nissho Iwai Corporation (now Sojitz Corporation) after he graduated from the University of Tokyo, where he studied petroleum engineering.

Mr. Fujimori received an MBA from Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Business in 1981. He has been a member of the university's board of trustees since 2007. He has also served as Vice Chairman of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) since 2011.

He was born in Tokyo in 1951.

How to Access the Venue

U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University
5-53-70 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
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  • From Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro): 4 minutes walk from Exit B2.
  • From Shibuya Station (JR): 9 minutes walk from East Exit.

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