- Date and time：July 17th, 2015, 15:30-16:45
- Venue：Lecture Hall (AIU)
The PBL course (INT341) titled “Local Contribution of Universities in Japan and the U.S.” began at the University of Oregon (UO) with seven students, of which three were AIU students and four were from UO.
After attending intensive lectures taught by instructors Dr. Jeff Stolle, Senior Instructor of UO, and Associate Professor Tetsuya Toyoda of AIU, and conducting field studies of organizations and associations that UO has been contributing in Eugene and Portland in the state of Oregon, all students relocated to Akita. They conducted interviews with President Suzuki of AIU and other faculty and staff members of AIU, a field study of government offices, universities, and companies and organizations in Akita, to learn their opinions about universities’ contribution and the actual approaches.
At the briefing session, students delivered their conclusion on the potential and visions of universities’ contribution, considering the differences of universities’ scale and social environment between Eugene and Akita. AIU faculty and staff members asked insightful questions after the presentation, with a strong interest in the idea of universities’ contribution from the viewpoint of students.