Staffordshire University launches Japanese sports exchange

"This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the international profile, global citizenship and outward mobility of our students and staff."

Dr Lisa Blenkinsop, Head of International Recruitment

Staffordshire University is celebrating an exciting new partnership with one of Japan's most prestigious sports institutions.

The University has teamed up with Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU) which is famous for sport and boasts a number of notable athletes among its alumni including Olympic gold medallists Kohei Uchimura, a prominent gymnast, swimmer Kosuke Kitajima, and volleyball player Jungo Morita.

The universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year which will enable students to take part in academic and sports exchange programmes. In August, eight NSSU students visited the Stoke-on-Trent campus for a summer school working with staff and students from across the School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise.

Last week Professor Araki Tatsuo, Director of International & Academic Group Leader of Gymnastic at NSSU, visited Staffordshire University to view the sports science facilities, meet the academics and develop future plans for the partnership.

“There are very good facilities and a lot of distinguished professors at Staffordshire University. I think it's a very nice research centre, I'm a little surprised by how good it is!” said Professor Tatsuo.

“We had great success with the summer school programme and hope to develop this even further next year. Hopefully next time Staffordshire students can come and study at our University.”

He added: “By running an exchange programme staff and students from both universities can benefit from sharing their knowledge and culture.”

Staffordshire University is the only Higher Education partner in the UK to be working with NSSU, which is officially accredited by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.

Dr Lisa Blenkinsop, Head of International Recruitment, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Nippon, a leading university for sports, and I'm sure that our staff and students will gain a lot from this partnership.”

“Being based in Stoke-on-Trent, the European City of Sport 2016, it is fitting that we promote the sports facilities and expertise that we have here at Staffordshire University.”

She added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the international profile, global citizenship and outward mobility of our students and staff.”


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