In early November, the JICUF Grants Committee reviewed proposals submitted by ICU faculty and students and approved fourteen projects: five from faculty, nine from ICU students. JICUF provided a total of ¥4,450,820 in funding for these projects.
Twelve members currently serve the JICUF Board of Trustees. Dr. Jacqueline Wasilewski, who taught Cross-Cultural Communication at ICU for 18 years from 1990 to 2008, is one of them. She was interviewed by her colleague Anne Love.
Associate Professor Allen Kim (sociology) received a faculty program grant from JICUF last fall to hold the Japan-Philippines Student Summit (JPSS) this spring. Six students travelled to the Philippines with Professor Kim from March 7th to 15th. Below is a condensed version of the grant report from Professor Kim.
On April 27th and 28th (Friday and Saturday), JICUF held its semiannual trustees meeting on the ICU campus. Nine JICUF trustees and four staff gathered on campus for an eventful two days.
On January 26th, Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, Instructor in the Physical Education Department at ICU, held a Blind Soccer Workshop on the campus. Blind soccer is an inclusive sport in which sighted players are blindfolded and play alongside blind or visually impaired players. Mr. Yamauchi received a JICUF grant last year to organize this event.
On September 23rd, ICU’s Peace Research Institute and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations hosted an international symposium titled “War Refugees in International Law and the Role of Civil Society” at the Togasaki Kiyoshi Memorial Dialogue House. In June, ICU Professor Osamu Arakaki received a JICUF grant of ¥800,000 to organize the event.
On September 20th, a Rethinking Peace Studies seminar was held on the ICU campus. It was hosted by the Rotary Peace Center and was organized by ICU Professors Giorgio Shani and Jeremiah Alberg. Professor Hartmut Behr of Newcastle University was invited to present a paper titled “Peace Through Dialogue Across Differences.”
ICU Team Represents the Asia Pacific Region at the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition
A team of ICU students led by Assistant Professor Hiromichi Matsuda participated in the 9th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Competition in Geneva from July 17th to 21st. Only the best teams from each UN region were invited to participate in this prestigious event, and ICU, along with 12 other university teams, qualified through the preliminary rounds in the Asia Pacific Region.
On July 8th and 9th, two ICU students led by Assistant Professor of Law Hiromichi Matsuda competed in the 28th International Law Moot Court Competition Japan Cup in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The team received the “Participating University Introduction Award.”