On Thursday, October 6th, Professor Shigeru Fujimoto, Dean of the Faculty of Global Engagement and Director of the Community Engagement Center, and Professor Naoko Fujikura, Chair of the Faculty of Global Engagement' Department of Global Tourism paid a courtesy call on Mayor Miwako Yabuuchi of Mihama Town, Wakayama Prefecture, where KUFS signed a cooperation agreement in 2017.
Mihama Town, Wakayama Prefecture is one of the destinations for KUFS’s Community Engagement Program (CEP), a mandatory class for all 2nd-year students of the Faculty of Global Engagement. With support of the local government’s Division of Disaster Prevention and Community Development and the non-profit organization Hinomisaki America-mura since AY 2020, the program allows students to work on local cooperation activities.
This year, students were given guidance from Mr. Yoshikawa of Kishumachizukurisha, a private community development company that mainly launches, produces, and provides operational support to renovated stores. Twenty students who are taught by Associate Professor Sachiko Kawakami of the Faculty of Global Engagement's Department of Global Tourism were divided into five groups to work on different topics—family facilities, guest houses, the food industry, Asia tourism, and emigrants to Canada—to create a renovation project plan to revitalize the Mio district of Mihama Town, and gave their final presentations on Tuesday, September 20th.
Additionally, the Toshio Murao Exhibition currently held in the Mio district’s Canada Museum features a VR project by 4th-year students who visited Mihama Town for their CEP two years ago, produced with the cooperation of Professor Hawkinson.