by Michelle Jeanne C. Caracut
The College of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Executive Committee and Dr. Akira Matsuda and his wife, Dr. Ayumi Terada, both from the University of Tokyo (UT), Japan, met on January 20, 2016 at the CASS Conference Room and discussed on chances of having academic collaborations between CASS, MSU-IIT and UT.
Also present were Dr. Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, proponent of the Culture and Arts program of the graduate school, Dr. Christine F. Godinez-Ortega, Office of Publication and Information Acting Director, Dr. Nimfa Bracamonte, the Department of Extension Acting Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, and Dr. Maria Cecilia Ferolin, Program Coordinator of Volunteerism in Community Engagement Program.
Topics discussed included the new education landscape, exchange of academic programs and scholarship grants offered, organizational structure, research interests, and experiences in cohesion of a culture that is both traditional and international.
Dr. Akira Matsuda is a faculty of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology Cultural Resources Studies of the University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Ayumi Terada is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Intermediatheque Department, University of Museum, University of Tokyo. The couple came to MSU-IIT to attend the launching of The Mobile Museum Boxes of which they are project members.