Temple University delivers top-ranked global education in the heart of Tokyo
- Japan’s oldest and largest foreign university offers American degree programmes and tailored courses in a genuine international learning environment
Country Business Reports interviews and articles by Discovery Reports
With about 37,000 students enrolled worldwide, Temple University is a truly global education complex. In Asia, students have access to the same academic standards, network and curricula of the institution’s Philadelphia headquarters through Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ). Japan’s oldest and largest foreign university offers American degree programmes and tailored courses in a genuine international learning environment on the campus of Showa Women’s University.
“As a globally top-ranked university, our comprehensive approach is unparalleled in preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s workplace,” says TUJ’s dean Matthew Wilson, who has a juris doctor degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. “We cater to over 3,000 learners with diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an international environment where we place students first.”
Asians, including those from China, are recognising this opportunity as enrolment has hit an all-time high this year despite the pandemic. Besides the affordability of getting an American degree and liberal arts education without leaving Asia, students gain from TUJ’s innovative approaches. Its Emerging Leaders Program trains incoming undergraduate students on soft skills such as leadership, communication and networking. TUJ has also incorporated e-sports and computer information studies in its curricula designed for online and in-person learning. The university’s Corporate Education programme, meanwhile, provides tailored language and business skills training for employees. Students are also free to continue their studies at Temple University’s campuses in Philadelphia or Rome, while having the option to explore its growing number of partner schools across Asia, including Meiji University in Japan and Yonsei University and Kyung Hee University in South Korea.
“We’re moving forward in a very creative, innovative and contemporary way as we look to bridge gaps between cultures while having fun,” says Wilson, who plays basketball with students and takes them hiking on weekends. “The Japan campus was good enough when I was a student to get me back here as its dean.”