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Chubu Reflections
Over the last 50 year of partnership, so many people have come and gone between our institutions and the stories and memories are as vibrant and dynamic as the individuals who have participated. 

Chubu-OHIO Reflections

Reflections and Memories

In 2023, Chubu University and Ohio University are celebrating 50 years of collaboration and friendship. Students, faculty and staff have had opportunities to visit each other’s campuses and interact with individuals from both institutions.

To capture the flavor and importance of these intercultural experiences, we invite our community to share reflection essays through the lens of these dynamic engagements. 

Explore these accounts, memories, photos, and reflections below. 

Click + to learn more about how to participate and the prompts you can use to inspire your essay!

Learn how to submit an essay and photo memories for inclusion! 

Guidelines and Format

  • Submit responses in Essay format (500-1000 words). 
  • Answer in paragraphs (not bullet points). 
  • Prompts are meant to provide a guide for you, not required to answer the specific questions only. 
  • Not intended to be travelogues or testimonials- we seek thoughtful, personal answers based on the four themes provided. 
  • Choose to focus on as many of the questions as you like! 
  • Focus on your experiences affiliated with Chubu (either in Japan or interacting with Chubu faculty, staff, or students in Athens).  
  • Pictures welcome! 
    • Submit up to 4 for consideration
    • Recommended file size up to 2 MB
    • JPEG JPG GIF PNG all accepted 
  • If you would like to see what some students from Chubu University have written as examples, you can visit this website:  and translate the page in English.

How will OHIO use these Essays?

Your responses may be featured on or in other commemorative initiatives that OHIO will produce to honor the Chubu-Ohio relationship. By choosing to answer these questions, you grant us permission to do so.

Deadline and Submission Link- DEALINE EXTENDED!

Please submit your responses by December 15, 2023. If you require more time, please let us know.

Submit your Essay and Photos at this link: Chubu-OHIO 50th Reflection Essay Submissions


If you have questions, contact Gerry Krzic ( or John Miller ( at Ohio University or Tadashi Shiozawa ( at Chubu.

Prompts/ Questions to guide your Reflection Essay

Use One or More of these prompts to guide your Essay!

    • How have your experiences at Chubu or OHIO shaped your thinking and perspective? 
    • Can you provide specific examples of cross-cultural insights or changes in values that occurred during your time abroad? Were there any particular episodes or interactions that significantly influenced your thinking?
    • How have your experiences at Chubu or OHIO influenced your actions and behavior? 
    • Can you elaborate on specific instances that affected your behavior, such as exhibiting more patience, demonstrating interest in other cultures, seeking opportunities for intercultural interaction, or improving your problem-solving skills, etc.?
    • How have your experiences at Chubu or OHIO shaped your career and personal life? 
    • Please provide specific examples highlighting the impact on your personal and professional development, the expansion of your personal networks, and the growth of your global perspective.
    • How have your experiences at Chubu or OHIO impacted your communication skills, including language learning and cultural awareness? 
    • Can you share specific episodes or experiences that were educational and transformative in terms of improving your foreign language proficiency and overall communication abilities? How have these impacts influenced your interactions with others, both personally and professionally?

Reflection Essays

Read Essays and check out personal photos from individuals who have engaged with Chubu over the years!

  • Alison Smith, Reflections

    My life has always been surrounded by world cultures. My parents always wanted me to know about my Swedish and German family heritage and this led me to wanting to know about other world cultures.

  • Amanda Tragert, Reflections

    When I moved from Boston to Athens, OH, with my family at 13, I didn’t expect such a small, rural town to be the place that jumpstarted my international experiences.

  • Catherine Cutcher, Reflections

    On this 50th Anniversary of the Chubu-OHIO University Partnership, I reflect on all my friends, colleagues, students, and community members who have benefited from our partnership. 

  • Brandon Dohner, Reflections

    In 2011, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad at Chubu University, and during this time, we engaged in numerous cultural activities and excursions.

  • Shiyong Wu, Reflections

    I visited Japan and Chubu University first time in May 2014. In the same year, I was honored to be selected as the 40th Kohei Miura Visiting Professor at Chubu University.

  • Aki Tanaka, Reflections

    Every spring, wherever I am in any corner of the world, I recall the beauty and serenity of the two hundred plus Cherry trees that are lined up along the Hocking River at Ohio University, my alma mater.

  • Zach Delin, Reflections

    Thinking back on my experience at Ohio University, the thing that sticks out to me the most is my time getting to know the Chubu University students while working as a Special Programs Assistant through the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) from 2017-2019. 

  • Taka Suzuki, Reflections

    In the summer of 2009, I was granted the opportunity to spend two months in Kasugai as the 35th Kohei Miura Visiting Professor at Chubu University.

  • Ashley Ford, Reflections

    By my senior year of high school, I had barely ventured beyond the borders of my home state, let alone the country.

  • Ken Hicks, Reflections

    I was the 26th Kohei Miura Visiting Professor, during the year of 1999. It was an experience that would change the direction of my research career and open my eyes to the wonderful culture of Japan.  My wife, Terry Murphy, joined me for this 4-month experience. 

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