Photo courtesy of: Tomoko Yamada
Feb 15, 2011
Visiting professor Tomoko Yamada today arrived at Ohio University’s Athens campus, carrying on a 38-year tradition between OHIO and Chubu University in Japan.
During her stay Yamada will be hosted by the School of Nursing, providing students a broader perspective on healthcare. She will draw from her nursing experience in Japan to provide lectures and insight on caring for young patients.
This marks the first time that a Chubu visiting professor has been based in OHIO’s School of Nursing.
Mary Bowen, director of the School of Nursing, said that the members of the school are eager for Yamada to arrive.
“She’s going to offer some multicultural opportunities for learning on both the student side and the faculty side, and that’s one of the things that we try to offer educationally for our undergraduate and graduate students,” said Bowen.
Yamada, who holds a doctorate in nursing science as well as licenses in nursing and midwifery, is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing at Chubu University.
While at OHIO, she will be conducting research on nursing support for children with allergic diseases. She also hopes to expand her knowledge of asthma patient care through hospital visits.
Yamada said she is interested in the possibility of bringing nursing students from Chubu University to OHIO. The program would allow Japanese students to learn about international differences in nursing.
The exchange with Chubu will come full circle this spring when Ohio University Journalism Professor Hong Cheng travels to Japan. He will be working for the Department of Communications at Chubu University’s College of Humanities.
While there, he will lecture about topics related to international advertising and conduct research on how Japanese college students and companies perceive sustainability.
“I look forward to bringing refreshing information and ideas back to my teaching and writing,” said Cheng.
Equally important to Yamada and Cheng is developing the relationship between OHIO and Chubu University.
“I want to meet many (faculty), staff and students at OU and deepen a friendship with them,” said Yamada.
It is an element that the Center for International Studies looks for in candidates, according to Karla Schneider, associate director of the center.
“It is probably one of the oldest and most significant institution-to-institution partnerships that we have right now,” she said.
The OHIO-Chubu partnership dates back to 1973.
Professors chosen for the exchange are considered based on their application, their interest in maintaining the partnership and department compatibility between institutions.
The OHIO professor who travels to Chubu University is granted the Miura Visiting Professorship.
The Chubu University professor who comes to OHIO is granted the Glidden Visiting Professorship.
President Roderick J. McDavis has visited Chubu University several times, most recently last year.
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit traveled to Chubu in fall 2010.