University of Nebraska-Kearney officials have extended their ties with Japan, signing a five-year agreement with Toyo University during the Midwest-U.S. Japan Association conference in Tokyo.
Gov. Pete Ricketts was on hand to witness the signing of the agreement.
“University of Nebraska-Kearney actually has the largest population of Japanese students and a large population of foreign students in general and so this is another great example for how their expanding their reach to get exchange students,” Ricketts tells reporters during a conference call.
UNK has a long history with Japan. It entered its first student exchange partnership with Japan’s Sapporo University in 1983 and today has more than 20 similar agreements with Japanese institutions.
The deal with Toyo is for five years. It includes both student and faculty exchange between the two universities with three undergraduate students being allowed to enroll tuition-free at both UNK and Toyo. The universities will collaborate in research, host joint seminars and workshops, and share academic materials.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gilbert Hinga and Satoshi Machida, professor of political science, represented UNK in Japan.
UNK has more than 500 international students from more than 50 countries, including 137 Japanese students. UNK offers an academic minor in Japanese, which requires 10 credit hours of introductory Japanese on the UNK campus and a year of studying abroad in Japan.
Toyo University is located in Tokyo, Japan. It has 11 graduate schools, one postgraduate law school, eleven undergraduate faculties and various research institutes. More than 30,000 students attend Toyo.