On March 24 and 25, LIM College will host a group of graduate students and faculty members from Japan’s Bunka Fashion Graduate University as part of our participation in the Kakehashi Project: The Bridge for Tomorrow.
The Kakehashi Project is designed to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the U.S. and help students develop broader perspectives so they can play active roles at the global level in the future. LIM College is one of only 21 higher education institutions in the U.S. that have been selected to take part in this cross-cultural endeavor.
During the visit, our faculty will take the Japanese students on field trips to the showrooms and offices of major fashion industry players. The students will also take a class on American fashion culture here at LIM College, taught by Professor Amanda Hallay.
This visit to New York will enhance the Japanese students’ understanding of America, and, as we show them the businesses behind American fashion labels, they will truly understand why New York is a worldwide fashion capital. The Bunka students’ activities will culminate with a reception, during which they will give presentations on fashion and culture unique to Japan.
Yet, the Kakehashi Project does not end when the Japanese students depart. This June, 12 LIM College students will travel to Japan for an all-expense-paid, 10-day study tour. They will be joined by Fashion Merchandising Department Chair Terry Burstein and Professor Derek Cockle, whose hard work over the last few months has been made this wonderful opportunity possible.
I am extremely proud that LIM College has been chosen to participate in such a prestigious international program. We hope the relationships that our students and the Bunka Fashion Graduate University students build at the academic level continue on the professional level as they all pursue careers in the global fashion business.