International Conference/International Exchange

International Conference/International Exchange


Visitors from Abroad to NWEC

Date:March 18, 2009

On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, Professor Donna Eileen Stewart , Canadian Female researcher visits to National Women’s Education Center (NWEC)
Professor Donna Eileen Stewart , Canadian Female researcher visitsProfessor Donna Eileen Stewart of the University of Toronto, Canada visited NWEC with Associate Professor Misako Kato of Ochanomizu University on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Presenting a lecture entitled “Gender Inequities in the Global Village,” NWEC staff listened intently as Professor Stewart described the current situation surrounding women and future issues, and various governments’ measures and proposals for resolving these issues.

On Thursday, March 5, 2009, Dr. Christine Keyser , French Female researcher visits to National Women’s Education Center (NWEC)
Dr. Christine Keyser , French Female researcher visitsDr. Christine Keyser, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Life Sciences at University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg visited NWEC on Thursday, March 5, 2009 with staff from Ochanomizu University. After paying a courtesy visit to President Kanda, Dr. Keyser presented a lecture entitled “Women in Science in France” to NWEC staff. In her lecture, Dr. Keyser introduced various statistics in the course of describing circumstances surrounding female researchers in scientific fields in France and related government measures, and a lively question and answer session ensued.

On Sunday, March 1, 2009, President of Yanbian University Graduate School visits to National Women’s Education Center (NWEC)
President of Yanbian University Graduate School visitsDr. Cai Meihua, President of Yanbian University Graduate School, and Dr. Jin Huashan, Director of its Center of Women’s Studies visited NWEC on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Yanbian University is a public university located in Yanji City, Jilin Province in the People’s Republic of China, with a student body of 16,000. The purpose of this visit was to discuss the possibility of NWEC and Yanbian University building a cooperative relationship, and everyone involved spent March 2 and 3 exchanging information on their respective activities and vigorously sharing opinions on the possibility of future cooperation.

On December 7, 2008,Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) President visits to National Women’s Education Center (NWEC)

alt President Kanda welcomes KWDI President Kim and researcher Kim

KWDI President Taehyun Kim and KWDI External Cooperation Team Research Fellow Young-Hye Kim visited NWEC on December 7, 2008. NWEC and KWDI have enjoyed close mutual exchange since signing a research exchange and cooperation agreement in 2006. The visit was a courtesy call on Michiko Kanda, NWEC president made by President Taehyun Kim, who took office as KWDI president in June 2008. In an enviable cordial atmosphere the presidents exchanged their views and shared information on issues common to women and families in Japan and Korea, including the need to promote work-life balance and nurture women leaders in communities.

The visitors took a tour of the Women’s Archives Center as they were contemplating the establishment of a similar facility in their country. They were enthusiastic visitors who were actively engaged at all time in discussion, receiving explanation on how Women’s Digital Archive System published on the Internet worked or enjoying the special exhibition: “ Dawn of Higher Education for Japanese Women :Women who met the Challenge”. The visit was much appreciated here as it further deepened collaborative relations between the two institutions.

On December 12, 2007, Ms. Joanna Liddle, a senior lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick University, visited our Center at the invitation of our president. Ms. Liddle gave us the benefit of her experience and insight on Gender, Social Identity and British Politics at a meeting of our staff. She covered life in the U.K. and the kinds of challenges women encounter in Britain. An energetic exchange followed her lecture with the Center’s staff and volunteers.

On February 15, 2008, Dr. Elisabeth Regnault from the Department of Education Sciences at the University of Louis Pasteur visited the Center with Professor Dr. Kenji Miwa of Ochanomizu University. Following a courtesy call on our president, Dr. Regnault spoke of women’s advances in the fields of Science and technology in France and Finland as well as the governments’ policies. They had a lively discussion comparing the situation and policies on the subject in Japan.


On February 15, Dr. Sarah Perin Otto, professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, visited the Center with Professor Dr. Kimiko Murofushi and an academic affairs assistant, Ms. Tomiko Mori from Ochanomizu University. Dr. Otto gave a lecture to the Center’s staff members on “Striving for Balance: Women in Science in Canada”. The audience was very much inspired by the professor’s talk based on her own experience, and an active Q&A session followed.

On February 27, we welcomed Dr. Seungah Hong and Dr. Ryu Yeon Kyu from the Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI), with which the Center has a collaborative arrangement. After paying our president a courtesy call they were invited to inspect the facilities. Dr. Hong had been a panelist at an international forum organized by the Center held last February in Tokyo, but it was her first visit to the Center. We were pleased that she thought the Information Center for Women’s Education and the residence hall wings were well organized. They also met with the staff and had a very productive time discussing together some concrete ideas about a future exchange program between the two institutions.

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