President Seike Lectures at Washington University in St. Louis
March 2, 2017
On February 17, President Seike gave a lecture titled “Towards a Life-long Active Society and the Role of Universities” at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). A partnership agreement was signed between WUSTL and Keio University last June. At that time, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton of WUSTL visited Japan and this time President Seike made a return visit to St. Louis and also gave a lecture.
Since signing the agreement in June last year, it has become possible for Keio students to apply to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. This is a program that provides scholarships and advanced educational experiences at WUSTL to talented students from all over world to develop them into future leaders. The S.T. Lee Endowed Lecture Series (a lecture series set up through a donation from Dr. Seng Tee Lee) has been part of this program since 2009 and President Seike’s lecture was part of this series. For every lecture, a leader in business, academia, government, or non-profit sector from around the world is invited to speak.
There was a lively question and answer session at President Seike’s lecture, and at the reception that followed, he talked and exchanged ideas with many participants. In addition, President Seike had meetings with faculty members and staff of WUSTL working in various fields, including those at the School of Medicine, during his visit. The trip was a good opportunity for Keio University to strengthen academic and educational ties with WUSTL.