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SMU Hosts Japanese Delegation from Seirei Christopher University

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) hosted a group of Japanese visitors from Seirei Christopher University (SCU), a private health science university, in early November. The purpose of the visit was to explore the possibility of a future partnership between SMU and SCU, including student exchanges, continuing education opportunities for graduates, academic staff exchange, and collaboration in projects and research.  

The SCU visitors observed classroom lectures, lab teaching, and clinical learning, toured the Simulation Center, and attended several meetings with SMU faculty members and senior administrators. They also attended social events, including a reception at Dr. Arlene Sargent's home, sponsored by the School of Nursing, and the president's dinner.

"The visitors were very touched by our warm welcome and hospitality," said SMU's Fusae Kondo Abbott, (RN, DNSc), who helped facilitate the visit.  "They expressed that they learned a lot from the SMU faculty."

SCU began in 1930 as the Bethel Home in Hamamatsu, Japan, to help homeless tuberculosis patients. A diploma nursing school was established in 1952, and Seirei Christopher College of Nursing was founded in 1992. Currently SCU includes a School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Sciences (PT, OT, and ST), and School of Social Work.

President Sharon Diaz, Provost and Academic VP Scot Foster, Dean of the School of Nursing Audrey Berman, Associate Dean of the School of Nursing Arlene Sargent, and Associate Professor and Director, Case Management Program, Fusae Abbott hosted the President of Seirei Christopher University, Dr. Misako Kojima, and her colleagues.

Drs. Terry Nordstrom and Kate Hayner, Program Chairs of the SMU Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments respectively, met with Dr. Shoehi Ohgi, Professor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Naohito Shingu, Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department, and Chika Kawano, Director of the International Exchange Center.  Dr. Eiko Fujimoto, Dean of the School of Nursing at Seirei Christopher University, met with members from the SMU School of Nursing.