The Japan ICU Foundation’s work is centered on building connections between people. While we have had to put some of our regular work on hold, online programming has enabled us to maintain and even expand connections during the pandemic. Here are some online programs that we have implemented in the past year.
JICUF has been exploring ways to continue supporting the ICU community in a drastically changed environment. We are excited to announce three new initiatives: the Global Alumni Speakers Series, Japan and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Common Good Grant Project.
In July, JICUF launched a series of online meetings with UNHCR to discuss higher education initiatives for refugees in Asia and the Pacific with institutions across the region. Two sessions have already been held, with about 80 participants representing close to 20 countries across the region. Two more sessions will be held in September.
Last fall, ICU graduate student Philip Reed, majoring in Japanese Culture Studies within the Comparative Culture department, was awarded a grant from the JICUF Student Activities Fund to conduct fieldwork at Mt. Kōya.
ICU was one of the first universities in Japan to announce switching to online learning in response to the COVID-19 crisis. JICUF is supporting ICU by covering ICU’s Zoom license fee for a year. To learn how online learning has been going so far, we interviewed Professor Insung Jung.
Mr. Shinichi Hirabayashi graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1963 and the Graduate School of Public Administration in 1965. He was the President of the ICU Alumni Association of the Americas in the early 2000s and currently resides in Connecticut. We are excited to share his story.