Agreement of Partnership between Keio University and Washington University in St. Louis
July 15, 2016
On June 23, Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Mark S. Wrighton and former Dean of the School of the Washington University School of Medicine Larry J. Shapiro met with President Atsushi Seike, Vice-President Jiro Kokuryo, and Director of the International Center Susumu Tomooka at Keio’s Mita Campus. After the meeting, the two parties signed the McDonnell International Scholars Academy partnership agreement.
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is an organization under the direct control of the chancellor of WUSTL and provides scholarships and an educational experience at Washington University to talented students from around the world who have the potential to become future leaders in academia, government, the professions, or the corporate world. Currently it has partnerships with more than 30 universities in over 20 countries, and its partner universities in Japan are The University of Tokyo and Keio University. Keio students selected for the McDonnell International Scholars Academy program are expected to develop into future leaders who will thrive and compete on the global stage.
A private university founded in 1853, WUSTL is made up of seven graduate and undergraduate schools and is considered one of America’s top-level educational institutions. Keio and WUSTL signed a university-wide partnership in October 2015 to explore promising areas for collaboration. Additionally in the following month, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Keio University School of Medicine entered an academic cooperation agreement to promote joint research in the areas of aging, longevity, and metabolic disease, and have started building a framework for collaborative initiatives under this agreement. As one area of cooperation to stimulate research collaboration and foster better understanding, the two institutions are planning to hold the Joint Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Longevity this year on August 20. The symposium will be held at Keio University School of Medicine and will be joined by researchers from WUSTL.