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Taking advantage of its educational environment, Keio Academy of New York (est. 1990 in Purchase, NY) has established GEARs, a high school and higher education collaboration program, as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. An agreement for this collaboration was made with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in April, and this coming September, one of the Academy’s graduates from the class of 2016 will be attending a course, receiving college credit. Keio University is considering accepting credits earned through this program to count toward the students’ undergraduate degrees.
The Academy already initiated collaboration with its neighboring Manhattanville College in October 2015, sending one 12th grade student to take Creative Writing there alongside her high school classes in the fall semester. One undergraduate faculty of Keio University has already agreed to accept transferred credits from Manhattanville College. Subsequent to this initiative, discussions with Manhattanville College took place to allow not only current students, but also recent graduates to participate in the program as well. This agreement was signed on June 28, 2016. Alongside this, discussions with the Hawaiʻi at Mānoa were initiated early this year, resulting in a signed agreement for high school and higher education collaboration with the university.
Keio Academy of New York is Keio University’s only affiliated school located outside of Japan. This high school and higher education collaboration project was launched with the aim to resolve the issue of the “gap year” that our students face following graduation, while realizing the school’s unique mission to provide a bilingual and bicultural education. We will be endeavoring to expand this program to include more American colleges and universities in the future.