Arcadia University Selected for LEAP Intern for 2011-12

One of Only Nine U.S. University Sponsors

Glenside, PA—Monday, Feb. 6, 2012—Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies in Glenside, Pa., announces that Ms. Ai Chuman is Arcadia’s 2011-12 LEAP Intern. Arcadia is one of only nine selected University sponsors in the U.S. of the Long-term Educational Administrator’s Program (LEAP).

“This is the fourth year in a row that Arcadia has been honored by the Japanese government and entrusted to help one of their senior officials learn about higher education in the United States,” says Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III, President of Arcadia University. “We are honored by the respect they have show us, and excited to continue building bridges between our two countries.” Earlier this year, Arcadia joined Philadelphia’s International Visitors Council in adopting a sister city in Kobe, Japan, and has agreed to offer significant scholarships to students coming from that city to Arcadia. Read more.

Established in 1997, the LEAP program is a cooperative venture of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Montana State University and the A.C.E. Language Institute. It is designed to foster closer and better educational connections between Japan and the United States.

Within the Japanese Ministry, Chuman works in the Higher Education Bureau, and is responsible for the International Policy Planning. She organized the first international symposium to promote international university exchange with quality assurance in the East Asian region. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Kobe University. During her internship at Arcadia, she will study the university’s award-winning study abroad program and work with senior university officials while learning American culture and improving her English language skills.
About LEAP: During the first year of the two year program the participants, all Japanese higher education administrators, intern at MEXT in Tokyo. The second year of the program is the professional development program where participates take classes to improve their English and to learn about the U.S. higher education system and international program office operations. The LEAP participants spend six months at Montana State University, from April to October, then from October through March on the LEAP practicum at selected universities across the U.S. The LEAP participant is fully funded by MEXT. Arcadia University and the College of Global Studies contributions are in the form of time, staff and resources.

Ms. Amanda Zimmerman, Senior Program Manager, and Dr. Dennis Dutschke, Founding Dean of The College of Global Studies, administer the LEAP internship at Arcadia.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report names Arcadia University a top leader in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)

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