Professor Atsuko Miyake was inducted into the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus by President Maya Vansia.
As a member of Leicester Novus, Atsuko is also a member of the worldwide movement dedicated to giving service above self and to extending and improving the lives of people across the planet.
Jim Matthews, who proposed Atsuko for membership, explained to members and guests that she was no stranger to Rotary, having studied at Nottingham University 25 years ago as a Rotary-sponsored scholar. And, since she arrived in April 2019 as a Visiting Professor at Leicester University, she has been a regular contributor at Rotary meetings.
Jim explained that although Atsuko will return to Japan in April 2020 he was sure the both the club and she would benefit from what he described as “this gift of Rotary membership.” He hoped that when she returns to Japan she will join a Rotary club there.
She is keen to “give something back” and her work in Leicester and Japan suits her to helping Rotary meet one of its many goals; helping academics to benefit from funds offered by the Rotary Foundation — one of the world’s biggest private charities — to help spread peace and understanding by financing advanced education.
By coincidence, Novus Rotary has been benefiting for a year from the regular input from postgraduate Mai Tsumura who is also studying Victorian English Literature at Leicester University and who is sponsored by the same group of Rotary clubs in Japan that sponsored Atsuko a quarter of a century ago.
Last edited: 23.30, 29.08.2019