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President Krendl promotes Otterbein in Japan

At Otterbein, our students are encouraged to seek global and intercultural experiences. President Dr. Kathy Krendl recently spent 10 days in Japan and South Korea fostering relationships with international high schools and universities to help connect students with study abroad opportunities by meeting with school officials to promote and garner interest in Otterbein’s educational offerings. “It is my hope that this trip to Japan and Korea will result in additional global partnerships for Otterbein with both high schools and universities in Japan and South Korea. The officials with whom I have met are very positive about our curriculum and the close faculty-student relationships that define our learning environment,” Dr. Krendl said in an email communication. While visiting Japan and South Korea, Dr. Krendl met with officials from Kansai Gaidai University and Osaka International School in Osaka, Saitama University in Tokyo, DukSung Women’s University and Soongsil University in Seoul, and the Canadian Academy in Kobe. She was also able to spend time with Otterbein junior Sarah Valero who is currently studying abroad at Kansai Gaidai University, and Ayumi Segawa, the first exchange student from Kansai Gaidai University who will begin classes at Otterbein next fall. Dr. Krendl, along with Chris Musick, director of International Education and Global Engagement at Otterbein, gave a presentation on U.S. higher education to Education USA, a global network of nearly 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. Consulate General’s office. “Visiting the embassies allowed us to develop connections with Education USA advisors who council students on where to study in the U.S.,” Musick said. “This gets more people talking about Otterbein abroad. The embassies were impressed with the Otterbein Semester program (which provides cultural and learning opportunities for international students studying abroad at Otterbein). They had not seen any other university in the U.S. marketing this way.” Professor Emeritus Lyle Barkhymer and his wife, Meg, former director of the Center for Career Planning at Otterbein, are currently teaching at Kansai Gaidai University and hosted Dr. Krendl throughout her trip. They also helped connect her with Otterbein alumni in Japan. A small gathering was held in Kyoto which included Professor Noyuri Ariga ’52, who received an honorary doctorate from Otterbein and has been a visiting professor in Otterbein’s Department of Music. A larger gathering of alumni from 1955 to 2011 was organized by Akiko ’95 and Hiro ’93 Suzuki in Tokyo. Among the attendees were Tatsuo Tsuda ’55, who established the Tatsuo Tsuda Japan Education Endowment that helped fund Valero’s study abroad experience this semester; Asami Sakakima ’11, who received Otterbein’s Japan Alumni Lillian Frank International Student Award; and Kazuya Shimba ’90, who is a member of the House of Councilors and provided Dr. Krendl and Musick with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Diet, or capital building in Tokyo. “Our alumni are all volunteering to help with recruiting and partnership efforts and are eager to see more Japanese students coming to Westerville and more Otterbein faculty and students coming to Japan,” Dr. Krendl said. To see photos from the President's trip, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/otterbein/sets/72157629119232786/, or see them on the Otterbein University Facebook page. To learn more about study abroad opportunities for Otterbein students, visit http://otterbein.abroadoffice.net/CIEGE.html. To learn how to apply to Otterbein as an international student, visit http://www.otterbein.edu/public/FutureStudents/InternationalStudents.aspx.