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Yamanashi Liberal Arts College  

Michael Lacktorin, founding dean of our academic partner, a unique new college at Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, says his most important role as an educator is to help students discover where their passion lies, and to find out what they really want to do with their lives.

The Japan Times

Yamanashi Gakuin University is well-known for a long-distance intercollegiate relay race and has produced 42 Olympians in its nearly 70-year history, but Lacktorin said it is now all the more important to bring academic rigor to the university. The new college offers a full range of courses, from dance, music, acting and sculpting to mathematics, physics and economics. Lacktorin said the liberal arts curriculum helps students connect the left and the right brain through lectures that link disparate subjects, as well as experiential workshops and a unique writing-across-the-curriculum program.

17 april