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Sophia University in Japan

The presidents of Sophia University and Saint Rose have signed MOUs that will lead to student and faculty exchanges and other collaborations. (Photo courtesy of Sophia University)

Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco, president of The College of Saint Rose, has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Dr. Yoshiaki Terumichi, president of Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, for student exchange programs and to create faculty exchange opportunities and develop joint research programs, conferences, and workshops.

Sophia University, considered one of Japan’s top private universities, is a private Jesuit institution of higher education founded in 1913 and located in the heart of Tokyo. The university is home to more than 14,000 students and offers programs ranging from bachelor’s degrees to doctoral degrees. Sophia draws 1,148 international students from more than 60 countries and from all parts of the world. Its faculty includes members from more than 20 countries.

“Global connectedness is a strategic plan goal for Saint Rose, and we are pleased to have entered a partnership with another institution of higher education that places the same value upon learning across cultures,” Stefanco said. “The College’s Center for Global Affairs looks forward to working with Sophia University on many future initiatives.”

Seventy countries are represented among the student body at Saint Rose, including Australia, Cape Verde, Denmark, France, China, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Mauritius, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Yemen, Vietnam, and many more.

A report issued in Fall 2017 by the Institute for International Education noted that the population of students from other countries currently studying in the United States increased by 3.4%. The top two states to which international students come to study consistently remain California and New York, with the percentage studying in New York State increasing by 3.6% from 2016 to 2017.

About Saint Rose: The College of Saint Rose is a private, independent, coeducational institution of higher education in Albany, New York, offering more than 100 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and certificate programs. Through a strong liberal arts education curriculum and professional academic programs, the College serves undergraduate and graduate students, working professionals, international students, and more. Saint Rose marks its 100th anniversary in September 2020.