SFS Graduate Students Awarded Japan Foundation Scholarships
In 2009, Ross Matzkin-Bridger (MSFS '10) and Kevin O'Driscoll (SSP '10) were selected to participate in the Japan Foundation's travel program for future U.S. leaders, co-sponsored by the Center for Global Partnership (CGP) in conjunction with the Association for Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA). The 13 Master's degree candidates selected received a trip to Japan for ten days to meet with prominent figures in Japanese politics, economics, and civil society and visit relevant cultural sites and institutions.
The goal of the program is to facilitate a greater understanding of Japan and its role in international affairs in a new generation of American leaders, and to present an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas with counterparts in Japan. "The trip was particularly timely," Ross remembers. "We had much to discuss -- the new U.S. administration as well as the historic elections that took place in Japan just days after we left. I have been a student of U.S.- Japanese relations for a number of years now, and this trip helped both broaden my views and expand my network of contacts in Japan."