February 13, 2012 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will host World School International Forum 2012, a twelve-day educational and cultural event that will bring students and educators from around the globe to LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., in October. It marks the first time in a decade the United States has served as the host nation.

The World School organization includes schools from five continents and more than twenty countries. LMU is one of the original member institutions and has participated since the program’s founding in 1997. The annual World School Forum is held on the campus of a different partner school each October. LMU hosted the forum in 2002, the first year it was hosted outside of Japan.

“LMU is enthusiastic about the return of this unique event,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “The 2002 Forum was a tremendous success, raising awareness of multiculturalism, diversity and international collaboration initiatives for all in the LMU community and beyond. We anticipate an even greater experience for everyone involved this year.”

World School International Forum 2012 at LMU will take place October 22-November 3, 2012. Students and staff from LMU’s J. Frank White Academy will also be actively involved. The educational theme of the event is Environment: Housing and Volunteerism, a topic of great interest to young people internationally. The program will feature on-campus activities including guest speakers, exhibits, professional development workshops for teachers, student presentations and debates. Additionally, the participants will visit places of cultural interest.

The World School organization was founded in 1997 by Masaki Mastudaira, the former Chairman and present advisor to the board of trustees at Kanto International Senior High School in Tokyo, Japan. From 1997 to 2001 the Forum was held in Tokyo, hosted by its founding institution, Kanto International Senior High School. Building on the success of the first five years of World School Forum, the organization has extended its mission to other countries during the last decade. A different member school hosts the Forum every other year, with the event returning to Japan in alternate years. Recent host countries have included South Korea, Australia and Italy.

The mission of World School is to create a truly borderless entity for the purpose of helping the participants create their image of an ideal educational program. The program is designed to train students to adopt a global perspective by becoming receptive to differences and to enable them to form lasting friendships. It will also prepare them to excel in globalized society.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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