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Hartnell College and Japanese University to Sign Agreement of Educational Cooperation

August 18th, 2006

Officials of Hartnell College and Miyagi University of Sendai, Japan, will sign a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday, August 22, at Hartnell that will provide student and faculty exchanges a well as other educational cooperation agreements.

Miyagi University recently incorporated Miyagi College. Hartnell and the college have had a close relationship for the last 25 years.

The signing ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Hartnell's new library/learning resource center.

The agreement will promote faculty and student exchanges, joint research projects, and the exchange of academic information.

Coming to Hartnell for the signing ceremony will be Miyagi President Shohken Mawatari, English instructor Yosiaki Sato, and Manabu Takagi, vice director of administration.

Edward J. Valeau, Hartnell president, and other college personnel will host the Japanese delegation.

Speaking about the Miyagi agreement, Valeau said, "This agreement of academic exchange and educational cooperation is critical to Hartnell's mission of providing international and intercultural experiences."

In addition to the signing, the Japanese delegation will tour the campus and visit the National Steinbeck Center, the Monterey Peninsula and local farms.

The agreement is for four years and may be renewed by mutual consent.

For more information, call Cicely McCreight, Hartnell's director of grant development, international education and policy support, at (831) 755-6890.