Brescia students travel to Japan for international exchange

April 30, 2012

London, ON – In June, three Brescia students will be attending a Brescia University College credited course while at a women’s university in Chiba, Japan. On the three-week exchange, Wayo Women’s University will host the students Andrea Green, and Gretchen Lee, and the Chair of the Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Dr. Alicia Garcia. The students will be involved with a research project, led by Dr. Motoko Sakamoto, Professor of Nutrition Education and recently retired President of Wayo, based on diet and activity surveys that are conducted in Sosa City in Japan.

The exchange was conceived by a Brescia alumna, Samira Zarghami, while teaching English in Japan. During a presentation at the International Congress of Dietetics in Yokohama, Japan with a Wayo professor, they discovered many similarities between the two institutions. Like Brescia, Wayo has graduated many female leaders and outstanding women over its 100-year history.

After a discussion among the universities’ Principal/President and registrars, which included a tour of each campus, an exchange agreement was signed. “It is anticipated that this opportunity will continue in the future with students going to Wayo and students coming from Wayo to Brescia,” explains Marianne Simm, Brescia Registrar. “We have so much nutritional information to share. And we will also learn from our Japanese cohorts.”

This initiative is part of Brescia’s mandate to encourage upper-year undergraduate students to explore the international exchange opportunities available. Brescia also has exchange agreements with schools in Barbados, England, France, and the Netherlands.


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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit