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Takamatsu University President Masamichi Tsukuda (left) and UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto celebrate a new exchange agreement between their two institutions. (Photo courtesy of UH Maui College)

The University of Hawaiʻi Maui College signed a memorandum of intent on September 7 with Japan’s Takamatsu University that will open the doors for new cultural exchange opportunities between the institutions.

UH Maui College and Takamatsu University will work together to promote international understanding and cooperation, strengthen cultural ties, and establish educational and professional programs.

Takamatsu University President Masamichi Tsukuda traveled from Japan to sign the memorandum in person and tour the Maui campus.

“Preparing students for the challenges and opportunities presented by an increasingly global economic environment is integral for future success,” said Clyde Sakamoto, chancellor of UH Maui College. “We’re honored to host Dr. Tsukuda, and this collaborative partnership will greatly benefit both our institutions.”

Takamatsu University (Takamatsu daigaku) is a private university in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan, established in 1996. The operator of the school also runs Takamatsu Junior College. It is accredited by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The university has both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and featured departments include the Department of Human Development, the Department of Management and the Graduate Institute of Business Administration.

The signing took place in the UH Maui College Leis Family Class Act dining room where faculty gave presentations on the college’s Maui Language Institute and Applied Business and Information Technology programs.

“We’re thrilled to expand opportunities for students on Maui to experience life and education in other countries,” said Maui Language Institute Director Alice Hamilton. “We welcome Takamatsu University into our fold in the true spirit of aloha. The sister-university agreement will open the door for faculty and student exchange programs, as well as short term visiting groups.”

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