Osaka Jikei College Students Visit Social Work & Social Ecology
On October 23, 2013, Japanese students from Osaka Jikei College in Osaka, Japan journeyed to the United States to visit the Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, in the School of Behavioral Health. A 3-day itinerary was prepared for the Japanese students in advance and included LLU faculty presenting on topics such as “History of American Social Work, current issues, scope of practice”, “Gerontology and Hospice Care in the U.S.”, and “Social Work Education in the U.S.: Field Opportunities.”
As a part of the course, the international social work students and the LLU social work students engaged in academic and cultural exchanges. The Osaka Jikei and LLU students were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with, share and learn from students from different parts of the world who are pursuing the same field of study in higher education. During the 3-day experience, Osaka Jikei students gave a presentation to the LLU social work students, and similarly, the LLU students prepared a presentation to share with the students from Japan.
During their time at LLU, the Osaka Jikei students were provided the opportunity to visit many field-sites including Loma Linda University Medical Center, San Bernardino County Behavioral Health, Patton State Hospital, Boys & Girls Club and Heritage Gardens Health Care Center. The visit culminated in a joint banquet with students visiting the School of Allied Health Respiratory Program, where 68 students received LLU certificates for their participation.
The Osaka Jikei College and LLU students look forward to this experience every year and find the academic and cultural exchanges tremendously rewarding and educational.
- Jillianne Wagner, Assessment Coordinator, School of Behavioral Health
- Drs. Kimberly Freeman and Victoria Jackson, Department of Social Work & Social Ecology