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Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Director of International Affairs Dr. Jeff Foot represented Northwest Nov. 1 at a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of Niigata University of International Information and Studies (NUIS) in Niigata, Japan. Northwest and NUIS have a partnership dating back to 2000 that has brought Niigata students to the Northwest campus. Jasinski and Foot are pictured above with NUIS alumni who have studied at Northwest.

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Director of International Affairs Dr. Jeff Foot represented Northwest Nov. 1 at a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of Niigata University of International Information and Studies (NUIS) in Niigata, Japan. Northwest and NUIS have a partnership dating back to 2000 that has brought Niigata students to the Northwest campus. Jasinski and Foot are pictured above with NUIS alumni who have studied at Northwest. (Submitted photos)

Nov. 12, 2013

Northwest represented at Niigata University anniversary celebration

By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant

Jasinski addresses attendees at NUIS's 20th anniversary celebration. He spoke of the positive impact Niigata students have had on Northwest and the Maryville community.

Jasinski addresses attendees at NUIS's 20th anniversary celebration. He spoke of the positive impact Niigata students have had on Northwest and the Maryville community.

Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski and Director of International Affairs Dr. Jeff Foot represented Northwest Nov. 1 at a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Niigata University of International Information and Studies (NUIS) in Niigata, Japan.

Since 2000, Northwest has partnered with Niigata University to bring 194 students to the Northwest campus. The goal of the partnership is to teach English and American culture to NUIS students through a trimester-long program operated by Northwest’s English as a Second Language program.

NUIS administrators have been impressed with Northwest’s commitment to student success, which focuses on personalized academic and social programming on a safe, residential campus, Foot said. Northwest has benefited each fall by welcoming Niigata students into existing organizations like the International Student Organization.

“Our visit to Niigata solidifies our strong partnership with NUIS,” Jasinski said. “It fosters increased interaction and a continuation of NUIS students arriving each fall to experience all that is special about Northwest, while adding a valuable presence to our high-quality learning community.”

In a speech at the anniversary celebration, Jasinski spoke of the positive impact NUIS students have had on Northwest and the Maryville community for the past 13 years.

“The state of Missouri and the prefecture of Niigata have remarkable similarities,” Jasinski said. “We are both situated in important agricultural regions – places where major rivers meet and which began our common histories as major hubs of transportation and commerce. Today, as in years past, we both strive to maintain our conservative values, serve the needs of our local regions, while also seeking to make a significant impact internationally.”

The anniversary event also included a welcome ceremony; a banquet with the five partnering institutions from Russia, China, Korea, Canada and the United States; and an alumni dinner for NUIS students who attended Northwest. Thirty students attended the alumni dinner with Jasinski and Foot.

“It was important to attend the event to show support,” Foot said. “It shows success of the collaborations and, symbolically, that we are partners for years to come.”


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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