March 12, 2011
Dear Friends of World Campus International,
The shocking earthquake hitting the north-east part of Japan has caused massive destruction to the region. Currently, the Japanese national and local governments are working to assess the degree of damage.
Though there are areas of Japan that have been severely affected, all of our partner communities seem to have avoided tragedy. Currently, we do plan to facilitate the World Campus – Japan program from June 23 thru August 30.
Because the damages are reported in the northern region of Japan, and our community partners are located in central to western Japan, we are confident that our summer program will not be affected by the earthquake.
We have already contacted several community partners who are hosting our summer program and confirmed that they are OK and not severely or at all affected by these tragic events. We will continue to reach out to the rest of our community partners and communicate to you via this website any updated information.
Thank you for your understanding.
Chairman and CEO
World Campus International, Inc.
Update: Message from CEO, Hiro Nishimura on March 17, 2011
Update 2: Message from CEO, Hiro Nishimura on April 06, 2011 – Regarding New 2011 World Campus – Japan Program plan
Greetings from Norway! We are Torunn and Ola, and we are going to Japan with WCI this summer! Well then, here comes the question that some of you must be dying to ask:“Why do you want to participate in this programme?” Why, an excellent question! To put it simply, we want to experience Japanese culture in from a different point of view. One can, of course, experience Japanese culture as a regular tourist. Yet, to be able to see a culture from within, one has to live it, feel it. By participating in this programme, we can live with regular Japanese families and participate in their daily lives in a way which would have been nearly impossible as a regular tourist. Besides, we want to have fun! There would be no reason to apply if we thought this trip would be boring, now would there? So, if you want to experience Japanese culture from within and have a great time, you should apply for the WCI programme in Japan.
We’ll be seeing you!
Torunn and Ola
On February 21, 2011, WCI CEO, Hiro Nishimura and Cyrill Gross, a regional representative held a program presentation at HWZ in Zurich.
On February 16, 2011, WCI CEO visited Prof. Dr. Shingo Shimada and Peter Bernardi M.A. and their students at Institut für Modernes Japan in Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf in Germany.
On February 17th, as WCI CEO visited, a World Campus – Japan program presentation was held in Rostock in Germany. Our regional representative, Thomas Greve explained the details of the program to the participants
On February 18th, Hiro Nishimura and the regional representative, Birgit Leidenberger presented the World Campus – Japan Program to the students in the Japanese class at the Helene Lange Gymnasium in Hamburg, Germany.
WCI CEO, Hiro Nishimura met with Prof. Dr. Dimitri Vanoverbeke, a Professor of Japanese studies and his students at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium on February 14, 2011.