Just as technology has created new geographic boundaries for commerce and industry, so, too, has it created new borders for higher education. NJIT once again enters such a new world Nov. 8, 2007, 1:30-2:30 p.m., when representatives of NJIT’s School of Management sign an agreement to start a three-year exchange program with Ube National College of Technology http://www.ube-k.ac.jp/eng/ (UNTC), an undergraduate engineering college in Ube City, Japan.
Japanese representatives will include UNTC President Kenji Hatanaka, an expert in chemical engineering. Takao Ito, head professor of UNTC’s business department, an expert on network organization, especially Toyota’s management systems, will also attend.
As part of the exchange, Ito will begin a one-year sabbatical at NJIT in April of 2008. (ATTENTION EDITORS: To interview Ito or learn more about international exchanges at NJIT, call Sheryl Weinstein at 973-596-3436.)
“Takao will sit in on some of our management courses,” said Katia Passerini, assistant professor and Hurlburt Chair of Management Information Systems at NJIT. Passerini has worked with Ito on publications related to the Japanese automotive industry. “Ito also wants to conduct research with our faculty, particularly in management areas. Of course we also expect him to share Japanese culture and knowledge with our faculty and help us foster future bilateral exchanges among our faculty and students.” In the Fall of 2008, Ito may teach one or more seminars.
Last year, Ito received the best paper award from the International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics. He is a national advisory board member of Scientific Journals International and sits on the editorial review board of the International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking. Ito received his doctorate in economics from Kyoto University, Japan and will complete in March, 2008, a second doctorate in engineering with an emphasis on computer science from the University of Miyazaki, Japan.
“This program typifies one of more than 20 similar international programs at NJIT to promote bilateral exchanges and research,” said David Hawk, PhD, dean of NJIT’s School of Management. “Our goal is to organize more programs of this nature to take an increasingly more active role in the internationalization and globalization trends of the 21st century.”
Such exchanges lay the groundwork to create programs in which NJIT students can study abroad. “The best part of these exchanges is that they give faculty a chance to initiate research in areas of interest that overlap with NJIT research,” added Hawk. “And they offer undergraduate students future opportunities for study abroad.”
The agreement ties into NJIT’s new bachelor’s degree in international business. International trade, multinational enterprise development, foreign direct investment, and international financial institutions will be among the areas covered in this new SOM degree offering. The college also encourages internships and foreign study programs with affiliated universities in Asia, Europe, Russia and South America.
NJIT currently offers more than 40 international exchange opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with universities in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. Such opportunities often blossom from simpler exchanges into Study Abroad programs offering academic credit for one semester or even one full academic year. Find more information about Study Abroad at NJIT at http://oisf.njit.edu/study_abroad.php or call (973) 596-2451.