LIASE - Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment

IC & Ritsumeikan University: Forging New Collaborations on Environment and Sustainability
Illinois College submitted a LIASE Implementation grant proposal to the Henry Luce Foundation in fall 2014.  We sought funding to strengthen intellectual connections among faculty and students studying the environment, sustainability, and Japan. Our goal was twofold: 1) to infuse information about Japan across our STEM curriculum, so that every student is highly likely to encounter learning about Japan as part of their education, and 2) to strengthen Illinois College as a destination for students and faculty seeking to study and research Japan, the environment, and sustainability.

Our proposal was built upon two important foundations.  Illinois College began a special relationship with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, 30 years ago. Our partnership with Ritsumeikan University and our more recent relationship with Kanazawa University provided mechanisms for developing the personal relationships necessary for successful collaboration.  
We were delighted to receive a $400,000 grant award, to build upon the work funded by a $50,000 LIASE Exploration grant in 2013-2014. 

View the Illinois College LIASE Implementation Proposal
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About the Henry Luce Foundation
The foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy. The Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. Their website is

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