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Academic excellence bridging Japan and America

By Philippe Le Saux
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post


“At the beginning of my chan­cellorship in 1995, we decided to be more proactive in seeking relationships with universities, gov­ernments and businesses. The initial focus, in fact, was on Asia,” recalled Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Chancellor Mark Wrighton, also one of the longest-serving chancellors of a top American university.

Today, the centerpiece of WUSTL’s international agenda is the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, which brings the brightest students from 28 universities from all over the world — 17 of which are from Asia — to St. Louis not only to pursue excellence in their cho­sen field, but also to interact with their contemporaries in order to gain a deeper understand­ing of each other and the United States. 

Washington University in St. Louis's Danforth Campus and iconic Brookings Hall

With its rich 161-year his­tory, WUSTL today has 13,000 students engaged in both undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

Among its seven schools, the university is most recognized for its School of Medicine, best known for its strength in genet­ics, genomics and Alzheimer’s disease research, as well as the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, America’s third largest. Another noted school within the WUSTL system is the Brown School of Social Work, the top-ranked school of its kind in America.

Given WUSTL’s continued suc­cess, opportunities for collabora­tion continue to multiply interna­tionally, a move that is strongly encouraged by its leadership.

“For Japan, we see opportuni­ties for collaborating with a num­ber of institutions in addressing major global challenges such as energy, the environment and sustainability, population ag­ing, food and water security and public health. [There] is a great opportunity to collaborate in the area of Alzheimer’s research, for example,” said Wrighton.

Having already established a strong connection with the University of Tokyo through the McDonnell International Schol­ars Academy, among other part­nerships with Waseda University and Keio University, WUSTL maintains a strong interest in ex­panding its ties with Japan.

“We want to continue to build on those relationships. We are also promoting multilateral partnerships,” said Wrighton. 

- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the U.S. Midwest 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le SauxAngelo RomualdezElizabeth Arcega and Brian Banta)

U.S. Midwest 2014 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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