Judson University and Shokei Gakuin University Sign Agreement
(ELGIN, IL – December 17, 2010) Judson University may soon be seeing more students from Japan as well as sending a student or two to Japan for a semester of study since the Elgin-based university signed an agreement with Shokei Gakuin University on December 11. The agreement outlines a sister school relationship, academic exchange and educational cooperation between the two universities.
Founded in 1892 by female missionaries from American Baptist Churches, Shokei Gakuin University is located in Sendai in northern Japan. The university offers similar academic programs as those at Judson with an emphasis on the liberal arts core of math, science and literature as well as business and education.
The three-person delegation from Shokei Gakuin University included President Komei Sasaki, Dr. Marie Aizawa Phelan and Ms. Iizumi Takano. President Sasaki offered the invocation prayer and brought formal greetings during Judson’s commencement, which also was held later that day following the signing.
More than 6 percent of Judson’s traditional student population consists of international students from more than 30 nations. A large number of the University’s traditional students study abroad for a semester or longer at one of more than 20 academic programs around the world. Also, nearly 40 percent of Judson’s faculty have lived overseas for an extended period of time or are natives of other countries.