From July 23rd though August 10th, members of the Howard University Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA) will participate in an intensive cultural exchange to China and Japan. This will be the first year the FLA includes studies to Japan and the second year the group will travel to China.

The FLA participants will have the opportunity to visit universities, businesses, and historic sites while learning about global trends, Chinese and Japanese history, education and leadership.

“The Freshman Leadership Academy’s studies and cultural immersion in Asia builds on President Ribeau’s vision for expanding Howard’s international footprint and answers the call of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative,” said Barbara Griffin, Ph.D., vice president for Student Affairs. “Today’s students must become globally competent citizens in order to be competitive and truly effective in our increasingly interconnected world.”

In China, tours and excursions will include visits to the Shanghai World Financial Center, Beijing Normal University, major local corporations, and organizations. In Japan, students will visit cultural sites and learn about the history through visits to the largest city in Japan, Tokyo, as well as two smaller cities, Hakone and Nikko.

Currently the FLA has eight students studying abroad from countries ranging from Cape Town, South Africa to Granada, Spain.

About the FLA: The Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA) was created during the 49th Administration of the Howard University Student Association to expose 1st year students to the specific duties, responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges associated with all aspects of student leadership. The Academy is open to all freshmen and transfer students at the university. The mission of the Freshman Leadership Academy is to develop individual leadership skills in a group environment through developmental training, service opportunities, and relationship building.



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