One of our Japanese exchange partners, Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) has approached Queen's to be part of a collaborative learning project that aims to help students gain a deeper understanding of relations between Canada and Japan. The project is to establish a Cross-Cultural College (CCC) for students from KGU and the Canadian partner universities (Queen's, Mount Allison University and University of Toronto) to study and compare contemporary issues in Canada and Japan intensively in small groups in a cross-cultural context. As a start-up to the development of the Cross-Cultural College, KGU will offer a Joint Seminar Pilot Program on "Issues in Contemporary Canadian and Japanese Society" in which 8 students from KGU and 8 students from the Canadian partner universities will be selected to participate. This Pilot Program will be taking place on the Queen's University campus during Reading Week (19-25 February 2012) and Queen's has been allotted 4 spaces in the program.
The Joint Seminar will be facilitated by Professor Martin Collick from KGU and Professor William James, who is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Culture, Religion and Literature at Queen's University.
As a student who has strong interest in Japan and the relationship between Canada and Japan, we are writing to invite you to submit an application to be a participant in this pilot program. You may also be interested in the KGU Cross-Cultural College that will be rolled out following the pilot program and this would be an excellent introduction to the College program. Students who participate in the Joint Seminar Pilot Program and have achieved satisfactory grades may be given priority in the allocation of places on the full Cross-Cultural College programs to be held in the summer of 2012.
Below you will find an information sheet that provides additional information about the Pilot Program for Queen's students and a leaflet produced by KGU that provides more details about the Joint Seminar and the program schedule as well as some preliminary information about the KGU Cross-Cultural College. Hard copies of the KGU leaflet are also available for pick-up in the International Programs Office, B206 Mackintosh-Corry Hall.
Since we only have four spaces available, we do require an application form from interested students. If you are interested in being part of this unique program, please complete the attached application form, a statement of interest (see information sheet for details), and submit it to the International Programs Office by Monday 23 January 2012, by 4:30pm. We apologize for the tight deadline on this application but we need to select the participants early enough to allow time for the professors to create the seminar groups and provide some advance reading materials.