Japanese Visitors, CNM Discuss Exchange Partnership

September 20, 2016 -- Two visitors from Nagasaki International University (NIU) in Sasebo, Japan, visited CNM Sept. 12-13 to explore an Exchange Partnership with the college’s Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism, and Business programs.
September 20, 2016

Besides visiting CNM, Yukiko Maekawa of NIU’s International Center and John (Pat) Owatri-Dorgan of NIU’s Faculty Department of International Tourism also toured Albuquerque, which is a Sister City of Sasebo.

They first attended an information session where they were presented with information from faculty and staff from CNM’s six schools. Many had lived, worked or traveled to Japan in the past. Among CNM staff members and faculty giving presentations were Asa Stone, School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS); Carol Ash, School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS); Sionna Grassbaugh, School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)); Jennifer Klecker, School of Applied Technologies (AT); and David Williams, School of Adult & General Education (SAGE).

Sept. 12 also featured a tour of Main Campus and lunch in Old Town with Diane Burke, executive director of CNM’s Global Education, and CHSS faculty members Asa Stone and John Diggelman.

Sept. 13 was devoted to discussing BIT’s Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts and Business programs, and to learning more about NIU’s programs and campus for potential CNM student exchanges.

“It was a successful two days,” said Burke. “We anticipate there will be an Exchange Partnership between NIU and CNM that will give students of their Department of International Tourism the opportunity to experience U.S. hospitality and have our CNM students discover Japanese hospitality”

The CNM organizing team, made up of members from Global Education, BIT and CHSS, will meet Sept. 26 to discuss the visit and talk about next steps.