A New Partnership in Bloom

March 9, 2011

Soka Officials at Mary Baldwin

Dr. Minoru Koide (right), director of the International Affairs Office at Soka University in Tokyo, met with Mary Baldwin University officials this week to discuss a new, bilateral student exchange partnership — which could become the sixth such relationship that Mary Baldwin has formed with institutions of higher learning around the world. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Catharine O’Connell and Professor of Asian Studies Daniel Métraux — whose research helped facilitate contact between the schools — plan to visit Soka later this month to finalize a preliminary agreement. With a student population of 8,500, Soka University is a comprehensive, private institution with 106 partner universities around the world, including College of Charleston, Morehouse College, and University of Miami. Also pictured (from left to right) are Executive Director of Enrollment Management Andy Modlin; Soka representative Tatsuo Kasami; O’Connell; Dean of Institutional Research, Associate Dean of the College, and Registrar Lew Askegaard; President Pamela Fox; and Director of International Programs Heather Ward.