Mar 30, 2010

Cross-Continental Capstone

Golden temple

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs David Schachter recently traveled to Kyoto Prefectural University (KPU) in Japan where he gave a presentation about Wagner's Capstone program to government officials, faculty, and graduate students. David was invited by Kozo Aoyama, a 1997 Wagner urban planning graduate and current public policy professor at KPU, because several universities in Kyoto are working together to create Capstone programs in partnership with the Japanese government.

On March 10 and 11, David gave two keynote presentations in which he talked about the value of experiential learning both for students and client organizations, described different Capstone programs around the U.S., and detailed Wagner's Capstone program, which Dean Schall started in 1995 as a clinical initiative for the school. Presenting through an interpreter, David received a welcoming response, as evidenced by many 30-second delays in nods of understanding, grins, and laughter.

When not presenting, David explored Kyoto and took some incredible pictures. Click here for a slideshow.

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