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Rose-Hulman Celebrates 20-Year Exchange with Japan’s Kanazawa Institute of Technology
October 23, 2012
Director of Media Relations
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology celebrated its 20-year
exchange partnership with Japan's Kanazawa Institute of Technology
through a series of events on October 19-20 that offered
reflection, education, and entertainment.
Celebrating International Partnership: Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology President Robert A. Coons welcomed the 19 delegates
from Japan's Kanazawa Institute of Technology and members of the
Japan-America Society of Indiana at a dinner on October 19 at the
Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis.
A 19-member delegation of KIT administrators and educators
visited campus, Terre Haute, and Indianapolis during the two-day
trip. Leading the visiting group is the institute's president,
Featured events were the dedication of a cherry tree grove,
several educational workshops, a dinner in Indianapolis with
members of the Japan-America Society of Indiana, and a special
musical concert on campus.
Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of Japan's leading
educational institutions, specializing in developing engineers that
contribute to engineering innovation while remaining flexible to
the future advancement of science and technology. It was started as
Hokuriku Dempa School in 1957, became Kanazawa Technical College in
1962 and was established as KIT in 1965.
Rose-Hulman is among 14 international universities in which KIT
has engaged in student exchange programs. Students expand their
global horizons by learning Japanese on campus, and then taking a
semester of language and culture courses in Japan. Rose-Hulman
faculty members have also spent sabbaticals to teach at KIT, and
the exchange has even extended to athletics as Rose-Hulman's
basketball and baseball teams have travelled for exhibition games
against KIT and other Japanese teams.
"We value our relationship with Rose-Hulman, which is an
institution that shares our values in undergraduate education among
engineering and the sciences," stated Ishikawa. "I have always been
impressed with Rose-Hulman's facilities, and the quality of its
faculty, staff, and students."
The visiting KIT delegation continued to learn more about
Rose-Hulman by visiting Rose-Hulman Ventures and participated in a
workshop on inverted classroom techniques, being led by Rose-Hulman
faculty members. In return, the KIT educators hosted a session on
its state-of-the-art Yumekoho Laboratory, the "Factory of Dreams,"
which several Rose-Hulman officials visited earlier this year.
"In our 20-year relationship with KIT, we have sent more than
300 faculty, staff, students, and family members to visit KIT, and
in the future we hope to send even more," stated Rose-Hulman
President Robert A. Coons.
The cherry tree grove will be a permanent landmark to showcase
the Rose-Hulman-KIT partnership, according to Coons. It is located
near the White Chapel on the west side of campus, and contains 40
trees-symbolic of each year in the partnership for both colleges.
The cherry tree is an exalted flowering plant in Japan, and the
cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of
human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture
throughout the ages.
|Extending Exchange Program: Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology President Robert A. Coons and Kanazawa Institute of
Technology President Ken-ichi Ishikawa signed agreements that
extend the 20-year educational exchange program between the two
engineering and science institutions
"Cherry trees are a wonderful symbol of our friendship with
Kanazawa Institute of Technology," stated Coons. "I hope the
relationship between our leading institutions will continue to
blossom and bear fruit, and that we'll develop ever stronger roots
of friendship in the future."
Coons noted that a Japanese native, Taro Tsuji, earned
Rose-Hulman's first master's degree in engineering in 1892, after
receiving his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the
college in 1890. He returned to Japan in 1901 and became the
Engineer of the Imperial Government Railroads in 1903, playing a
pivotal role as the head of the Japanese railroads during the
Russian-Japanese war. His foresight and innovation helped develop
the Japanese rail system, which today is the best in the world.
The anniversary festivities concluded with a special concert by
internationally acclaimed performer, Shunsuke Kimura, in
Rose-Hulman's Hatfield Hall Theater. He used traditional Japanese
and western musical instruments in a show, titled "Insho," that
told a variety of nostalgic stories that express the poetic image
in nature, scenery, and seasons with delicate nuance of color and
Listen to the wonderful sounds of Shunsuke's "Insho" show,
Terre Haute television station, WTHI-TV.