On November 6-7, 2012, Samuel Merritt University (SMU) received a group of Japanese visitors from Seirei Christopher University (SCU), a private health science university. The purpose of the visit was to explore and discuss the possibility of a future partnership between SCU and SMU.
SCU began its activity in 1930 as the Bethel Home in Hamamatsu, Japan, helping homeless tuberculosis patients. In 1952 a diploma nursing school was established; and in 1992 Seirei Christopher College of Nursing was established. Currently SCU includes the School of Nursing, the School of Rehabilitation Sciences (PT, OT, and ST), and the 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, 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.
The visit included a tour of the Simulation Center and classrooms, visits with program directors and faculty, and a reception at Dr. Sargent’s home.