The Conferral Ceremony for “Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design” was held

PBL_1On March 27, 2015, the Conferral Ceremony of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design was held at the 11th Annual Forum on Education Abroad (hereinafter referred to as “the Forum”) in New Orleans, U.S.A. The award was granted to the “Living Well in Later Life,” our Japan-U.S. collaborative Project-Based Learning (PBL) program with Dickinson College in Summer of 2014.

In addition to the Dickinson College faculty members, Professor Yoshitaka Kumagai attended the ceremony as the co-instructor of the course and expressed his gratitude to all the collaborators and their commitment to the course.

The Forum, consisting of approximately 700 higher educational institutions and providers from all over the world, grants this award to innovative international education programs of the highest quality. This course was highly valued for its interdisciplinary structure and cross-border implementation.

In this course, sponsored by the “Re-inventing Japan Grant Program” by the Japanese Ministry of Education, the student team of AIU and Dickinson College explored common Japan-U.S. social problems of aging and depopulation from mid-May through mid-July. The team bilaterally conducted a questionnaire and interview surveys for the local residents in Yuri-honjo, Akita and Carlisle, Pennsylvania to grasp the current situation and seek further understanding of the “Quality of Life for the elderly.” At the end of the research in each site, the team organized and offered a final presentation session for the local collaborators for the surveys.

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