Okayama University


Consul General Richard Mei, U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe Visits Okayama University

December 27, 2021

On December 21, Consul General Richard Mei, Public Affairs Officer Alicia Edwards and another representative from the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe visited Okayama University and paid a courtesy call on President MAKINO Hirofumi. Also present were Senior Vice President for Global Engagement Strategy YOKOI Atsufumi and Vice President for International Affairs SUZUKI Takayoshi, as well as Fulbright research grant winner David ANDERSON (Mr. Anderson was also a participant in the first U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program hosted by Okayama University in 2019).

During the meeting, President Makino spoke about the CLS Program, academic exchange with the University of Michigan, and his experience participating in a side-event of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development for 2030. Mr. Anderson had the opportunity to talk about how his experiences as a CLS Program participant and as a Fulbright research grant winner have contributed to his dream of becoming a diplomat. In response, Consul General Mei commented that he has been involved in academic exchange between America and Japan for a long time and that he hopes to continue to support exchange programs between American and Japanese students like CLS once the global situation improves.

We expect that this visit will be the catalyst for further exchange in the near future.