In recognition of its vision as an internationally-accredited university dedicated to innovation and excellence, Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Manila hosted Congressman Mikio Shimoji of the Japan Innovation Party and his delegation of government agency representatives and private sector officials in Intramuros on July 13, 2017. Among the Japanese delegation were various education administrators, hospitality and corporate establishment officers, and tourism practitioners and promoters.
Emceed by LPU Arts and Cultural Affairs (ACA) Director Robert Hayden Jr., the program began with a short performance by the LPU Chorale, which was immediately followed by the welcome address from LPU Manila President Roberto P. Laurel.
After the introduction of both parties, Congressman Shimoji eagerly shared the various opportunities of collaboration and exchange between LPU and Japan. Among the different partnerships discussed were the internship and employment opportunities for the LPU students in Japan, specifically in the Education and Hospitality establishments of Okinawa.
In the afternoon, another Japanese delegation visited LPU Manila. Outgoing Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC) Cultural Attache Seiki Furudate paid a courtesy call to ACA Director Hayden to introduce his successor, Yusuke Ozawa. The group discussed how to further strengthen ties between the Japanese Embassy and LPU. The JICC and LPU collaborate on a number of events, such as Hello Japan, a primer on Japanese culture attended by LPU students and faculty.