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CWU, Asia University Celebrate 25-year Partnership

Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino is in Tokyo, Japan to celebrate CWU’s 25-year study abroad partnership with Asia University.

The innovative study abroad program brings about 150 international relations, business, economics, and law majors to Ellensburg each year. Students take 18 semester hours of content-based and English as a Second Language-focused classes as well as physical education classes at CWU, and credits earned are automatically recognized by Asia University.

“We’re delighted with this remarkable partnership which brings so much to CWU students and faculty and to our community,” said Gaudino. “I look forward to another 25 years of collaboration with our good friends and colleagues at Asia University.”

As a celebration of the Asia University America Program (AUAP), President Gaudino, along with other higher education dignitaries are attending a formal ceremony in Tokyo to honor the long-standing partnership.

The anniversary ceremony will take place tomorrow (Saturday, August 3) along with a Global Human Resources Symposium. Gaudino will attend this symposium to learn how Asia University is planning on guiding its international programs and curriculum for the future. Following the anniversary celebration, President Gaudino will meet AU President Masahiro Ikejima, tour the AU campus, and participate in other events.

Three other CWU AUAP administrators—Nicki Kukar, director; Andrew Cottonwood, curriculum coordinator; and Mark Werdin, student services coordinator—will also attend the ceremony.  Following the two-day celebration, Kukar, Cottonwood, and Werdin will remain in Tokyo for an annual AUAP meeting.

“These annual meetings are one of the main reasons that our program has remained strong over the past 25 years,” said Kukar. “By working closely together, this consortium has created a strong program that has withstood the test of time.”

The changes to the current international program are meant to develop AU students into global business professionals that are sought after by top companies.

AUAP was created by former Asia University President Shinkichi Eto as a way for students to get to know their American counterparts.

More than 3,200 Asia University students have attended CWU as part of the study abroad program, contributing to a total of more than 11,000 students program-wide, since it began in 1989.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

August 2, 2013

Release prepared by Kyra Jo Garnich

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