Miriam College partnered with three Japanese schools for a student exchange program that will start in June 2018. The school sealed these partnerships through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing with Hakuho Girls High School in Yokohama, Tokyo Joshi Gakuin Junior and Senior High School, and Shinagawa Etoile Girls’ High School in Tokyo in Japan last March 14. It was led by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus with BEU Director and Middle School Principal Maria Louella Tampinco and Department of Arts and Humanities Chair Sofia Soledad D.G. De Guzman. The MC team also attended meetings and conducted ocular inspections of the three schools.
Fourteen MC High School and two MC Nuvali students excelling in Nihongo classes are set go to Japan on June 1-10, 2018. Most will stay at the schools’ dormitories while a few will have the opportunity to experience staying with chosen Japanese families residing within walking distance of the school.
The MC students will be divided into three groups and will attend special classes at the three partner schools. Specifically, they will join Culinary, Calligraphy, Art and Physical Education/Dance classes. They will also have a short cultural tour in Yokohama.
The exchange program aims to strengthen girls’ education and formation through better appreciation and understanding of Asian culture, tradition, language, and history. Dr. Lapus and the leaders of the three schools stressed on the importance of girls’ education for a stronger Asian region.
Last year, Hakuho President Sanenobu Saga and his staff visited MC to discuss the partnership and jumpstart plans of sending their students to Miriam College to learn Filipino, Philippine culture and values, and sit in English, Math, Science and Culinary classes. Part of the program is a tour of Intramuros and Tagaytay City.
Dr. Lapus met Mr. Saga at an international conference in the U.S. organized by the National Coalition of Girls Schools.