President of Hokkaido University Visits UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Norihito Tambo, president of Japan’s Hokkaido University, will visit the University of Massachusetts Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29 and 30.

President Tambo and his delegation will meet with Chancellor David K. Scott and other UMass officials to discuss the long-standing relationship between the two universities, as well as to exchange views on other issues in higher education of common concern to administrators and faculty at both institutions.

Among those topics is the evaluation of general education requirements at UMass, a process also currently under way at Hokkaido University. The Japanese institution will host an international workshop, "New Horizons of Higher Education and Assessment of Teaching," Sept. 25-27. Deputy UMass Chancellor Marcellette Williams, along with John Jenkins, chair of the task force on general education, will represent UMass at the conference.

Other issues that will be dicussed during President Tambo’s visit include research and methods of funding for research, and the development of a campus master plan.

UMass’s connection to Hokkaido University dates back to William Smith Clark, the third president of the University of Massachusetts (known then as Massachusetts Agricultural College), who was a founder of Sapporo Agricultural College, later renamed Hokkaido University.

Most recently, the partnership between the two universities has taken the form of an extensive undergraduate student and faculty exchange. In addition, more than five years ago, Massachusetts and Hokkaido signed a sister-state agreement to promote all types of exchanges between the two regions. Under that agreement, a delegation of high school students and adults selected from around Massachusetts will travel to Hokkaido in October to participate in the Pacific Education Conference.

President Tambo’s visit is being hosted by Chancellor Scott, in cooperation with Barbara Burn, associate provost for international programs.