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OISE doctoral student awarded Massey College Junior Fellowship

September 12, 2019

By Lisa Smith

Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka

(photo by Lisa Smith)

Hiro Hiratsuka, a PhD candidate in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, has been awarded a Massey College Junior Fellowship for 2019-20. This September, he will join a prestigious community comprised of fellow graduate students, distinguished academics and professionals.

Massey Junior Fellows are selected based academic merit as well as their personal and professional experiences. Upon joining the College, fellows take part in a variety of activities, including fundraisers, conferences, movie nights, lecture series, book clubs, and social gatherings.

"It is an honour to be chosen and I'm very much looking forward to participating in and contributing to the dynamic community at Massey," said Hiratsuka.

Hiratsuka’s doctoral research focuses on what students learn from intercultural experiences in study abroad programs, a topic that is close to his heart. He previously developed curricula for a study abroad program for Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, where he served as Assistant Professor.

He currently holds an MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and an MA in Peace Studies from the International Christian University in Tokyo. Given his background in Peace Studies and his work experience, Hiro is especially interested in getting involved in Massey’s Scholar at Risk and Visiting Scholars programs.

Hiratsuka has enriched the OISE community in many ways. He is supporting the Office of the Associate Dean, Research, International and Innovation in a project on conceptualizing the social impact of OISE research. He has also served on the Research Standing Committee of OISE Council as well as a committee advising the Dean on strategic international initiatives and priorities.

We are delighted that Hiro will bring his skills and expertise to Massey College this fall.