February 18, 2015 

TeamUp: U.S.-Japan Educational Partnerships as a Vehicle for Student Mobility
USJBF convened a panel on FebruaAIEA TeamUp Panelry 16th, 2015 at the Association of International Education Administrators and Conference (AIEA) in Washington, DC. The panel introduced the TeamUp campaign, a CULCON-inspired initiative that highlights innovations in institutional partnerships that result in student mobility. The AIEA TeamUp panel also discussed the importance of identifying, establishing, and maintaining institutional partnership. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy expressed via video her support of senior international education professionals and their investment in tomorrow’s global leaders through student exchange. Panelists included Dr. Susan Sutton of Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Shingo Ashizawa of Toyo University and Dr. Michael Pippenger of Columbia University. The panel was moderated by Ms. Paige Cottingham-Streater.

New U.S.-Japan Initiatives to Promote Student Mobility
On February 17th, CULCON, Waseda University, and Toyo University held an informational breakfast session, “New U.S.-Japan Initiatives to Promote Student Mobility,” which was attended by 120 college and university senior international officers. There, Paige Cottingham-Streater highlighted recent developments in the U.S.-Japan partnership, including TeamUp. The session closed with discussion on how U.S. and Japanese universities can collaborate more effectively using new sources of private and public funding.

Over the past 70 years of the U.S.-Japan partnership, student exchange has formed the bedrock of our people-to-people ties. The TeamUp campaign was created in response to Ambassador Kennedy targeting institutional partnerships as a primary means of realizing the goals of CULCON’s Education Task Force (ETF). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo through the U.S. Japan Bridging Foundation, TeamUp will help realize CULCON’s goal of doubling the number of U.S. and Japanese studying in each other’s countries, as endorsed by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe during their April 2014 summit.