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Welcome to the East Asia Committee

The East Asia Committee provides a forum for faculty members to exchange information on research and projects in East Asia, provide advocacy on behalf of each other’s programs, and to think strategically about how the university can further engage in the region.


Follow the links below to access the minutes and supplementary information from each meeting.

Fall Semester 2011

Friday October 14th 9am, in 325 Burruss Hall

This meeting featured Sue Ott Rowlands, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, who presented on the work CLAHS is doing in Sri Lanka. Follow the links below, to access meeting minutes and the PowerPoint presentation.

10-14-11 Meeting Minutes


Friday December 9th 9am, in 325 Burruss Hall

This meeting will feature faculty members from different universtiy division which have hosted delegations from China. They will report on advancements and progress as well as provide recommendations and advice on how to make the most of these visits and collaborations.

East Asia Higher Education in the News

November 2011- For so many institutions of higher education world wide, East Asia is an important place of focus and international efforts of engagment. A recent artilce from the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the pressure being place in colleges and universities in that region to internationalize if they wish to stay "relevant." Also, there are increasing concerns regarding the lack English language proficiency in Japan, cick here for an article on this topic.

September/October 2011- A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed addresses how Japanese Universities have started to consider shifting their academic calendar to align more closely to that of the U.S. and much of the world, to start in late August/September rather than in April like in Japan. In other news, the Chinese government is tightening up on financial regulations for universties regarding money borrowing and loan repayment.

August 2011- As the members of the East Asia Regional Strategy Committee know very well, the race to strategically engage and partner with Asian institutions of higher education, particularly in China, is in full force! This recent article form the Chronicle of Higher Education outlines some important tips for universities as they pursue these partnerships in China.

Information From Past Meetings:

If you would like minutes, handouts and other information form last school year, plase contact Ian Michalski at