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Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship
OHIO and Chubu University are proud to celebrate the first 50 years of collaboration and connection. Here's to many more years of partnership!

50th Anniversary Celebrations with Chubu University

1973-2023 and Beyond!

Chubu University and Ohio University share a rich legacy of partnership, dating back to 1973 with the first faculty exchange. Through the next 50 years our institutions have shared student exchanges, academic and research connections, library resourse exchange, and a spirit of friendship.


This is a living webpage, with new content and features coming throughout the year as part of our Anniversary Celebrations. Check back often to enjoy new archives, essays and reflections from faculty and students, photos, and more.


Be sure to enjoy the Chubu University 50th Anniversary Commemorative Webpage!

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Reflection Essays about OHIO-Chubu Connections

Individuals have shared short reflection essays and photos that tell the story of engagement and friendship between Ohio University and Chubu University!

Tadashi Shiozawa leads OPIE Choki 1994

In celebration of the 50 Year Anniversary of this institutional relationship, OHIO and Chubu are gathering photos and essays to capture the spirit and importance of the intercultural experiences between our institutions and communities!

Essays and photos will be featured on the 50th Anniversary Website and may be selected for inclusion in other commemorative initiatives.  

Learn More and Submit on the Reflection Essays page

Photo Slideshow of institutional archive photos and Gallery of 50th Anniversary Celebrations: Explore more!

Check out OGA's online album to explore casual photos of the delegation visit. 

202311_Chubu 50_MOU signing

2023 MOU Renewal

President Lori Stewart Gonzalez and President Yoshimi Takeuchi sign a renewal Memorandum of Understanding during celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary of institutional partnership between OHIO and Chubu. 

Chubu History_Kohei Miura signs OHIO agreement 1973

1973, First agreement is signed

"Chubu President Kohei Miura signs the agreement establishing the partnership with Ohio University. Vice President Tokuhiro looking on. Location: Chubu Institute of Technology - May, 1973"

Ping awards postumous honorary degree to Kazuo Yamada 1975 Pres Yamada James Gilfert Tanaka

1975 Posthumous Honorary Degree awarded to Kazuo Yamada

Chubu History_1979 Ping and Yamada plant cherry trees

1979 "Say It With Flowers"

From the Alden Library Digital Archives: "1979. "Chubu Institute President Kazuo Yamada (left) and Ohio University President Charles Ping (right) plant the first of 175 cherry trees the institute has given the University."

Tadashi Shiozawa leads OPIE Choki 1994

1994 OPIE Choki Program participants

Current director (2023) of the Chubu Center for International Affairs, Dr. Tadashi Shiozawa, leads the first group of Chubu students for the Ohio Program of Intensive English Choki language program. 

All Kohei Miura Visiting Professors

2001 Kohei Miura Professors

Every Kohei Miura Professor as of 2001 poses together 

Manjulika Koshal 2000 Kohei Miura Professor in Japan

Dr. Manjulika Koshal, 2000 Kohei Miura Professor in Japan

Dr. Manjulika Koshal, 2002 Miura Visiting Professor, and Dr. Rajindar K. Koshal, 2000 Miura Visiting Professor, pose in a photo with Chubu Faculty 

2003 Burson Yamada Renovation

2003 Burson House under construction

56 E. Union, formerly the Burson House, was renovated and expanded thanks to a generous gift of 100 million yen, or approximately $850,000 from Chubu University. It was renamed Yamada International House in honor of Chubu's late President and Chancellor Kazuo Yamada.

2004 Burson Yamada Dedication

2004 Yamada House Dedication

Yamada International House was dediated in June 2004. 

McDavis attends Chubu 50th celebrations 2014

2014 Pres. McDavis at Chubu

OHIO Presdident Roderick McDavis attends the Chubu University 50th Institutional Anniversary celebrations in Japan. 

Pres Ishihara attends Nellis Investiture 2017

2017 Pres. Ishihara Celebrates Nellis Investiture

Chubu President Osamu Ishihara visits Athens to celebrate M. Duane Nellis' Presidential Investiture.

OHIO-Chubu Programs

  • Cherry Blossoms

    Check out the webpage dedicated to OHIO's Cherry Trees, which were gifted in 1979, 2004, and 50 more being donated in 2023 in honor of our 50 years of partnership!

  • Robert Glidden Visiting Professors

    Robert Glidden Visiting Professors from Chubu University join the OHIO community. 

    Check out articles reporting about some of the past Miura Professors.

  • Kohei Miura Visiting Professors

    Kohei Miura Visiting Professors are OHIO faculty who travel to Chubu.

    Read accounts from some of the past Miura Professors'. 

  • Library, Chubu Collection

    Learn more about the Chubu Collection at the Alden Library (First Floor).