CIDE Graduate Student Profiles
Expected Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Okayama, Japan
- M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, Higher Education
- B.A., Aoyama Gakuin University, Literature (Communication), Summa Cum Laude
Areas of Interest
- Globalization of higher education
- Internationalization on campus
- Student mobility and exchange
- Intercultural competence
- Comparative and international education
Born and raised in rural side of Japan, Mina was always fascinated by the intercultural experiences her parents provided her since she was little. Though those experiences were limited in number, they shaped her into what she is today.
After graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University, Mina experienced working at a bank and universities both as a staff and faculty member. At Aoyama Gakuin University, she worked to promote internationalization on campus. To that end, she launched and managed the school’s first ever foreign-language learning institution. Mina is currently working at Tohoku University (Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Global Learning Center) in Japan as a research associate promoting internationalization of the institution, and creating leadership and study abroad programs.
Looking at Mina’s study abroad experiences, she earned a master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar, and also spent a year at the University of Washington as an exchange student in 2004 learning journalism. Mina also received a certificate for the study of Korean language and culture from Korea University in 2005.
Mina’s goal is to contribute to globalization of higher education by teaching, researching and working in university administration as an academic practitioner.
Revised June 2015