President of TIUA Begins April 1, 2019

altAs of April 1, 2019, Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) welcomed its president, Hiroshi Takahashi to Salem, Oregon. President Takahashi is not new to the university, however. He comes to campus via Tokyo International University (TIU) in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan. Over the course of his career, he’s been involved with all aspects of the Willamette University (WU)/Tokyo International University of America (TIUA)/Tokyo International University exchange relationship.

In 1967, as a student at TIU (then ICCE – International College of Commerce and Economics), Takahashi participated in a summer exchange program called the “Goodwill Mission to Canada and USA – American Studies Seminar at Willamette University” which started in 1965.

Takahashi graduated from TIU in 1970. He received his Master’s degree in Economics from Keio University in 1972. Additionally, he completed the coursework in the doctoral course at the Graduate School of Economics at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, in 1975. That same year, he was hired as a faculty member at Tokyo International University.

In 1977, he was the first professor who led a group of TIU students to Willamette University for a program known as the “Willamette Spring Seminar.” This was a new program where the TIU students spent seven weeks during Spring Semester at WU and studied together with WU students. Takahashi remained active in a series of connections between TIU and WU, and played a vital role in the WU’s Extension Campus Programs at TIU.

President Takahashi served as the Chair of the Department of International Economics at TIU for seven years before he was elected as Vice-President of TIU.

As Vice President, Takahashi has had primary responsibility for matters related to WU, TIUA and the American Studies Program at WU. He was also instrumental in streamlining the credit transfer process for students participating in the American Studies Program.

In 2014, Takahashi became the President of TIU and TIUA.

In April 2019, he left his position in TIU to be the president of TIUA in Oregon.


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