|The Chubu University Connection|
Chubu University stands 9,500 miles east of Athens, in Kasugai City on the Aichi Prefecture, kilometers away from the rocky Mikawa Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1938 by Kohei Miura, a former Nagoya College of Technology professor, the school began as a small technical school, but has slowly developed into one of the most multi-faceted universities in Japan, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees from engineering to humanities.
Beginning in 1973 Dr. Kohei Miura and by Dr. Claude Sowle, Presidents of Chubu University and Ohio University respectively, signed a formal agreement, stating that the universities would exchange professors as a part of the Miura Visiting Professors program, giving students and professors the unique opportunity of having a truly international learning experience.
It’s now been 35 years since James C. Gilfert, an electrical engineering professor, made the nearly 50 hour trip to Japan’s Chubu University. Now he and his fellow Miura professors share their memories of their time spent abroad, reflecting on the people and places of Japan. These professors not only found professional benefits to the exchange program but also developed personally, and many of the stories here are stories not of work, or of a foreign place, but of people and kindness—things that are universal, no matter what side of the Pacific.
Please visit the Chubu Memoir pictures/stories page for pictures and stories sent by current and former Ohio University professors and students regarding their visit and experience with Chubu University.
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