Published on February 16, 2024 by Scarlet Thompson  
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Consul General Mio Maeda from Japan visited Samford’s campus on Feb. 14 as part of a special invitation to learn more about the university’s global initiatives. Consul General Maeda is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and represents Japanese affairs in the southeastern states of the United States.

His visit started with a lunch with Samford leaders, the Samford Global team, and several international students. The group shared information about the study abroad opportunities that currently exist and learned more about the special relationship between Alabama and Japan.

“We’re always looking for new global opportunities for Samford faculty, staff and students,” said Lauren Doss, executive director of Samford Global. “Since Japan is Alabama’s largest foreign investor, we, being a school in Alabama inherently have a special relationship with Japan. The more we can educate and share with our community about Japanese culture and business practices, as well as provide opportunities for our students to study abroad, the better suited they are to step into a role in one of the many Japanese companies in our state and beyond.”

Consul General Maeda took a tour of various schools at Samford where he commented that he quickly picked up on the great community aspect of the campus. He then wrapped up the night with dinner with President Beck A. Taylor, followed by a special courtside experience at the Samford men’s basketball team game against the Western Carolina Catamounts.

“I hope as we continue to expand our relationship with Japan, that more students will be given the opportunity to study abroad and intern with Japanese companies. I hope our campus will be open to the many ways we can learn from our Japanese friends and partners,” said Doss.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.