In my role as president of PCS, I am traveling this week to visit Shibauru Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of the trip is to give two talks at the university. My host is Atsuko Yamazaki, a member of our PCS AdCom and a faculty member at Shibaura.
There has been a concerted effort by the Japanese government to internationalize higher education through more English language instruction for students. This means that universities are being funded to invite visitors to work with their faculties, something that I did in 2008 at the University of Aizu in the Fukushima prefecture. As part of my visit, I will meet with students to discuss career development as it relates to communication. I am really looking forward to that!
I will post again from Tokyo, in between the talks and visits to places like the Meiji Shrine.