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College of Business Professor Emeritus establishes new scholarship

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Dr. Mitsuko DuerrThe College of Business
and the International Business Department are proud to announce the
establishment of the Mitsuko Saito Duerr Scholarship for students in the
College of Business. The scholarship, established by a generous gift from
Professor Emeritus, Dr. Edwin Duerr, in honor of Dr. Mitsuko Duerr, also a
retired San Francisco State faculty member, will provide financial assistance to business
students who are pursuing course work in Japan and to international business
students who are active in the Japanese community in the Greater Bay Area.

Dr. Mitsuko Duerr is an
advocate of students pursuing international studies because her “experiences
opened up opportunities, in both the U.S. and Japan, that would otherwise have
been unimaginable. Many of my American students who have studied in Japan, and
Japanese students and businesspeople who have studied here, have similarly
enjoyed career and service opportunities that they never would have had without
the cross-cultural exposure.”

Dr. Edwin Duerr believes
that students who study in Japan will agree with him that “Japan is of
importance to business people, political and social scientists, and educators
worldwide. Japan has demonstrated that economic achievement, and successful
social systems, can be based on a set of values and beliefs that differ in a
number of ways from so-called Western values.” 

Since the 1960s, Drs.
Edwin and Mitsuko Duerr have been instrumental in broadening business, economic
and cultural relations between the US and Japan.

Dr. Edwin DuerrIn his teaching and
administrative positions, Ed developed a number of international programs for
SF State students, and both academic and professional programs for students and
managers from abroad. He has taught in Japan, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands,
and Germany, and has worked as a consultant in Brazil, Spain, and the U.K.

As Director of the former
US-Japan Institute at SF State, Mitsuko worked with senior executives at
Japanese companies to establish training programs for mid-level and senior

Mitsuko also developed and
conducted programs for senior Japanese managers on Managing the American
Workforce in Tokyo, New York, Detroit,
and San Francisco as well as program for Americans on Japanese business and
related topics. She is the author of
several articles on Japanese personnel practices, and has given invited
speeches in Hong Kong, France and the Philippines. As a SF State faculty
member, Mitsuko developed the first regular course on Japanese management
offered at an American university.

Ed and Mitsuko invite alumni
and friends to join their efforts to support students in the College of
Business and to increase their exposure to our global community by making a
contribution to the Mitsuko Saito Duerr Scholarship Fund.

To make a tax-deductible
gift to the scholarship fund or to establish your own scholarship, please
contact Alex Sanchez, College and Alumni Relations Officer, by phone at
415/338-1032 or by email at

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