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[ONLINE EVENT] The Future of Higher Education in the Era of COVID-19: Lessons from Japan and the United States

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The spread of COVID-19 has drastically altered everyday life for hundreds of millions around the globe. In Japan, coronavirus numbers were maintained at a relatively low total after being exposed in early 2020, however cases have now seen a significant rise since early April. The U.S. has experienced a rapid increase, now holding one of the highest tallies for both confirmed cases and deaths. The higher education industry, in particular, has been significantly affected to the point where it has shuttered campuses and moved almost entirely to providing instruction online. Although this is a short-term solution, there are many mid-tern and long-term uncertainties, as well as opportunities to implement innovation for positive change. Topics discussed in this program’s conversation and moderator questions may include:


  •     The role of higher education in crises and pandemics
  •     How the higher education industry can help
  •     How might education shift due to COVID-19 and what new models of education might emerge
  •     Delivery and quality of education in spring 2020
  •     Minimizing economic impact, keeping academic departments operational, and maintaining facilities
  •     Adjusting to modern technology in order to continue instruction
  •     Effect to scholarships, tuition assistance, and university endowments
  •     Impact for study-abroad programs and international student enrollment
  •     Job placement offices working with soon-to-be graduates and young alumni

A link to view the webinar will be sent once you complete registration below.

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
6:30 – 7:30 PM Dallas
Thursday, April 30, 2020
8:30 – 9:30 AM Tokyo/Okinawa




About the Speakers



Professor Robert Baughman
Executive Vice President for Technology Development and Innovation, Vice-CEO
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University





Dr. Richard C. Benson
The University of Texas at Dallas





Vice President for Executive Affairs and Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair in American Politics and Political Economy, Southern Methodist University





David P. Janes (moderator)
Managing Director and Secretary, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation
Senior Advisor for Institutional Development, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University





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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a Texas non-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.