Students from Humanitec College in Japan study at LLU
Nine students from Humanitec College in Yokkaichi, Japan, listen and take notes during the class “Loma Linda Perspective,” taught by David Taylor, PhD, interim dean and professor, LLU Faculty of Religion.
Students from Humanitec College in Yokkaichi, Japan, are currently on the Loma Linda University campus taking classes during the fall quarter.
As part of an agreement with Humanitec College, students may choose an elective track which includes courses taught on their campus by LLU faculty, as well as a quarter of classes on the LLU campus.
Upon completion of their certificate from Humanitec College, they also receive a bachelor of health science from LLU.
Keiko I. Khoo, MS, chair and associate professor, speech-language pathology, School of Allied Health Professions, coordinates the program. On average, between 10 and 20 students are on the Loma Linda campus during the fall quarter each year. The partnership between the two institutions began in 2000.
In addition to sending faculty to Japan and receiving Humanitec students at Loma Linda University, distance learning classes utilizing interactive television feeds are incorporated into the curriculum.
When the relationship between Humanitec and Loma Linda was first established, it was hoped that the students from Japan would benefit from learning English. While some language learning is taking place, the classes are each taught with the help of a Japanese interpreter.
During the fall 2006 quarter, those teaching general courses to the Humanitec College students include David Taylor, PhD, interim dean and professor, LLU Faculty of Religion; Renate Krause, PhD, director of development, School of Allied Health Professions; Paige Shaghnessey, PhD, associate professor of speech-language pathology, SAHP; and Susan Patt, MEd, associate professor of art, La Sierra University, Riverside.
Teaching the physical therapy students from Japan are Grenith Zimmerman, PhD, professor of research and statistics, SAHP; Eric Johnson, MPT, assistant professor of physical therapy, SAHP; and Everett Lohman III, DPT, assistant professor of physical therapy.
Heading up the team which works with the occupational therapy students from Japan is Judy Palladino, MA, assistant professor of occupational therapy.
“We have so many faculty involved in this exchange,” comments Ms. Khoo. “Not only is there learning taking place, but there is a wonderful exchange of cultural ideas and increased understanding.”
By Larry Kidder, MA