Kyoto University student exchange agreement in finalization process after delegation visit

April 12, 2019

By Kate O’Neill 

From Left: Senior lecturer
 of International Strategy Paola Sanoni, vice director of International Strategy Yukari Mitsuhashi, interim vice provost Richard Hughey, director of the Kyoto University Northern American Center Nathan Badenoch, and assistant vice provost of Global Engagement Becky George.

UC Santa Cruz and Kyoto University are finalizing a student exchange program that is expected to launch in fall 2020.

UC Santa Cruz’s burgeoning relationship with Kyoto University began in August 2018, when a UC Santa Cruz delegation led by Chancellor George Blumenthal traveled to Japan to meet with leadership at top universities, including Kyoto University. The meetings provided opportunities for the universities to learn about their respective teaching and research while focusing on opportunities for developing student exchange and deepening faculty collaborations.

As a result of the Blumenthal’s visit, UC Santa Cruz hosted a reciprocal visit and delegation from Kyoto University in March 2019 to further discussions about the student exchange. The delegation met with campus leadership, faculty and Division of Global Engagement staff.

Students interested in learning more about the Kyoto University exchange program can check back on the for forthcoming details about application availability and deadlines for submission. Individuals interested in exploring partnership opportunities with international universities can visit or contact

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