Bukkyo University and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa renewed their Memorandum of Understanding on February 23, 2016 at a ceremony attended by over 80 people, including Bukkyo University and COE students and faculty members, as well as Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, who signed the documents following a few words of welcome. The signing was followed by student presentations, marking the start of a week of school visits and activities hosted by the COE.
The COE students who participated in the presentations have all visited Bukkyo University as part of the two-week ITE 403 Education in Japan Field Study course and spoke of their experience in classrooms taught in a foreign language. Students from Bukkyo, on the other hand, presented on education issues and challenges in Japan.
The study tour visit concluded with the students enjoying a day of leisure while faculty attended the biennial COE-Bukkyo University Joint Research Conference hosted by the COE. The conference featured COE presenters from the department Learning Design and Technology, including the Technology and Distance Programs unit. Their Bukkyo University counterparts presented on a variety of topics related to education in Japan, including clinical psychology in kindergartens, English literature and language education, and library support for special education.