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Western Strengthens Asian Partnerships

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President Bruce Shepard visited Japan and Korea over the summer to celebrate Western’s 25-year relationship with Asia University in Japan and sign partnership agreements with five other Asian universities.

The two-week trip included a reunion in Japan with some of the thousands of Asia University students who have spent five months at Western learning English and immersing themselves in American culture – and perhaps taking in some snowboarding.

Shepard signed agreements with one Japanese university and four Korean universities interested in sending their students to Western. Programs like Western’s Asia University America Program are hugely popular at Asian universities. Western, with its strong academic reputation and beautiful location, is a particularly popular option.

Shepard also visited with Western alumni who live in Japan and Korea.

Top administrators joining Shepard on the trip included Francisco Rios, dean of Woodring College of Education, Steven Hollenhorst, dean of Huxley College of the Environment, and Earl Gibbons, vice provost for Extended Education.