(Director: 2018 – present)
Jonathan Brewster became the NC Japan Center’s sixth director in 2018, continuing its commitment to foster a relationship between Japan and North Carolina, and assisting all citizens, universities, companies, and public and private institutions in relations with Japan. In this position, Jonathan is initiating, coordinating, and overseeing a wide range of activities to build relationships and serve academic, research, business and cultural needs related to interaction between Japan and North Carolina.
Prior to joining NC State, Jonathan spent more than five years working in Fujitsu, Ltd.’s Technical Computing Solutions Unit, at Fujitsu headquarters in Tokyo. He previously served as a JET Program assistant language teacher for three years in Shiga prefecture, Japan.
Jonathan received his Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, with a Japanese minor, from the University of Delaware in 2007. He earned his MBA from the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business’ “Japan Emphasis” MBA Program in 2012.
His duties also include oversight of the Harry C. Kelly Memorial Fund for U.S.-Japan Scientific Cooperation. The Kelly Memorial Fund helps strengthen collaboration between the scientific and technical communities of Japan and the United States. The fund supports scholarships and fellowships for exchange students in the sciences and engineering at NC State, as well as for study of the Japanese language.
Jonathan is also working to promote NC State’s long-standing relationship with Nagoya University (NU), through several programs. This encompasses the “NU Technology Partnership,” which promotes technology transfer and research collaboration among partner universities. The NC State Office of Global Engagement also offers seed grant funding for faculty to conduct research and academic exchange with NU colleagues, and study abroad opportunities at NU for students.
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