Study tour brings Fukushima University students to UW-Madison
In the days leading up to the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Madison will host a group of students from Fukushima University, who will speak at a public event about their lives back home.
The 23 Japanese students — accompanied by two chaperones and a guide — are in the United States on a study tour, called the “The Kakehashi Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow,” which will bring them to Madison on March 8-11, between stops on the East and West coasts.
On March 11, 2011, a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake struck the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in a meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.
The visit by the Fukushima students follows on a 10-day visit to Japan – although not in the Fukushima region – last May by 23 University of Wisconsin–Madison students, also part of the Kakehashi Project.
UW-Madison regains top ranking in recruiting Peace Corps Volunteers
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has regained the distinction as the nation’s top-producer of current Peace Corps volunteers, with 90 alumni serving overseas. UW–Madison held the top spot on Peace Corps’ annual top schools rankings from 2001 to 2006 and has consistently ranked among the top 10 in subsequent years, while working to reclaim the No. 1 position.
UW–Madison has been a leading resource for the Peace Corps throughout its history. Since the agency was created in 1961, a total of 3,112 UW–Madison alumni have served abroad, second only to the University of California-Berkeley (3,576).
The university also has contributed to making Wisconsin a top 10 state for Peace Corps volunteers, per capita, with 3.7 volunteers for every 100,000 residents. Currently, 213 Wisconsin residents are serving; overall, 5,846 state residents have served since 1961.