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Students from DePaul University and Ritsumeikan University engaging in community service at Telpochcalli Chicago Public School, a leading arts-integrated and dual-language public primary school.


Photo courtesy of Stacy Hughes



Best Practices: DePaul University and Ritsumeikan University: Building Bridges of Friendship

During 2014–15, DePaul University (Chicago), the largest Catholic university in the United States and Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto), one of the first Japanese universities to promote international learning engaged in an exchange dedicated to the legacy of the life of the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an American of Japanese ancestry, public servant and political leader. Students from each institution traveled to the other for intensive visits focused on community engagement, public service, and building bridges of friendship between Japan and the United States. These exchange visits were carefully planned and framed to maximize experiential learning, to link DePaul and Ritsumeikan students, to take them out into the communities surrounding the universities, and to guide them in reflection and analysis of what they had learned.

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