CHUUK, FSM—Xavier High School in the Federated States of Micronesia has established a formal partnership with Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. The partnership, which will be formalized in a ceremony at Sophia University on April 3, 2014, provides for a qualified Xavier High School graduate to attend the noted Jesuit university on a full scholarship each academic year.
The unique partnership, the first of its kind for Sophia University in Oceania, is supported by the Tokyo-based Association For Promotion of International Cooperation, which, together with Sofia, will fund each Xavier High School students’ four-year program of studies at the Japanese university in commemoration of APIC founder Nobuhiko Ushiba, the former State Minister and former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. APIC is now headed by Peter Yoshiyasu Sato, former Japanese Ambassador to China.
“The entire Xavier High School community is thrilled with our relationship with Sophia University. Having the opportunity to send one of our best students, each year, to this outstanding Jesuit university will open new opportunities for our graduates, and for their home nations,” said Fr. Rich McAuliff, SJ, the director of Xavier High School.
McAuliff will travel to Tokyo in early April to sign a memorandum of understanding with Sophia University president Prof. Takashi Hayashita and APIC president Sato.
“I want to thank, in particular, former Ambassador Peter Sato and former Japan Ambassador to the FSM Shoji Sato, and the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation, who were instrumental in establishing our partnership with Sophia University,” McAuliff added.
Sophia University has actively pursued academic and student exchange activities with over 180 partner schools and other academic institutions in 40 countries around the world. Also, Sophia has entered into memorandums of understanding with local high schools in Indonesia, China and Korea, establishing an “overseas affiliated schools” system to accept international students and build a solid relationship with countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Xavier High School will be part of Sophia’s “overseas affiliated schools” system.
The Society of Jesus established Sophia University in 1913. Since then, the university has grown to one of Japan’s premier universities. It conducts classes in Japanese and English. Sophia University has approximately 11,500 undergraduates, 1,200 graduate students and nearly 300 students are from nations other than Japan.
Xavier High School was developed by the New York Province of the Society of Jesus and welcomed its first class in 1952. It has graduated many of the leaders of the Micronesian region, including presidents, legislators, attorneys, physicians, and business executives. It currently has 183 students in grades nine through twelve from six nations. Boys live in a dormitory at the Chuuk campus, while girls live with host families in the community.
For more information on Xavier High School, visit www.xaviermicronesia.org. For information on Sophia University, visit http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/e_top. (PR)