In fall 2018, third-year ICU student Hotaka Omata (second-year at the time) received a JICUF grant of ¥424,000 for his project to build housing in Nepal. Hotaka and seven other ICU members of the FIWC (Friendship International Work Camp), an inter-collegiate volunteer group, traveled to Ramche village, Nepal, which has yet to fully recover from the devastating April 2015 earthquake. JICUF interviewed three ICU students who took part in the trip.
In April, the ICU Graduate School launched the Diplomacy and International Public Service Program (DIPS). DIPS targets ICU graduate students and students in the Five-year Program who are interested in pursuing careers in diplomacy or international organizations. A kick-off event was held on the ICU campus on Saturday, April 20th.
Ms. Noriko Iwase, who graduated from ICU in 1974, currently lives in Washington, D.C. After a long career at the United Nations and World Bank, she decided to pursue a different path. A generous supporter of JICUF and ICU, she shared her ICU story with us.
On Friday, September 13th, JICUF will host a 70th Anniversary Dinner at Riverside Church in New York City. ICU alumnus Dr. Hirotaka Takeuchi (class of 1969), Professor of Harvard Business School, will give a talk. We hope many alumni and friends will join us!
ICU Student Wins Best Speaker Award at the 2019 Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition
In April, three ICU students participated in the 2019 Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition held in Obernai, France, and ICU graduate student Kalika Kastein won the Best Speaker Award in the Anglophone section. The JICUF grant that their instructor Assistant Professor Hiromichi Matsuda was awarded was used to cover some of the cost of participating in the event. This is a report from Kalika. Congratulations, ICU team!
On April 4th, the Institute of International Education (IIE) hosted the first Global Forum for its Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER) Initiative in New York. Paul Hastings, Executive Director of JICUF, contributed as a panelist in a breakout session on “How to Build Successful Partnership in Higher Education in Emergencies. ” He spoke about JICUF and ICU’s scholarship program for Syrian students, Syrian Scholars Initiative.
In early April, the JICUF announced the recipients of the 2019 spring JICUF grants. JICUF provided a total of ¥4,275,295 to twelve projects – two from faculty, ten from ICU students. Congratulations to all!
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation & Dialogue. Edited by Rutgers University’s Alexander Laban Hinton, and ICU’s Giorgio Shani and Jeremiah Alberg, Rethinking Peace marks the culmination of the Rethinking Peace Studies program.
Long serving JICUF trustees Delores Roeder and Samuel Shepherd officially retired from the board of trustees on March 31, 2019. New trustees Machi Fukuyama Dilworth and Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak joined the board on April 1.
ICU Emeritus Professor and Former JICUF Trustee Benjamin Duke Writes Book about “Japanese Invasion” of Rutgers College 150 Years Ago
Next month, ICU Professor Emeritus and former JICUF Trustee Ben Duke’s new book “Dr. David Murray: Superintendent of Education in the Empire of Japan 1873-1879” will be published by Rutgers University Press. In this article, Dr. Duke explains some of the history and inspiration for the book.