By Mabell, Dave on December 19, 2019.
University students from Japan may now earn a degree from the University of Lethbridge.
A new “double degree” agreement has been announced by the U of L and its longtime international partner, Hokkai-Gakuen University in Sapporo.
Students at Hokkai-Gakuen – the first international university to partner with U of L, 38 years ago – can now complete their first two years at their home university and then come to Lethbridge for two years to earn degrees from both institutions.
“We are extremely pleased to be part of this double-degree agreement,” says Mike Mahon, U of L president and vice-chancellor. “The U of L is proud of its friendship with Hokkai-Gakuen University and our longstanding partnership has benefited so many students and faculty.
“We are excited to provide HGU students with two years of outstanding learning and the opportunity to earn a U of L degree.”
U of L faculty members as well as students have benefited from 38 years of exchanges with Hokkai-Gakuen.
More than 70 U of L faculty members have gone to HGU as visiting exchange professors, officials say, and 60 HGU faculty members have visited Lethbridge. As well, nearly 220 U of L students have attended HGU while almost 300 of its students have studied at U of L since 1986.
Summer programs are also part of the partnership, with a group of 15 to 20 HGU students coming to the U of L every second year to focus on learning English. In return, the U of L sends a group of students to HGU every two years for a summer cultural program.