Each year, four students and a faculty member from AUT are invited to attend the Technos International exchange programme held during June in Tokyo, Japan.
The Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust, with Dr. Kenji Tanaka as its Honorary Chairman, invite students and faculty members from New Zealand, England, Taiwan and the United States to participate in the exchange week to encourage cultural understanding between the programme's guest participants and students at Technos College. The trust awards return airfares to Tokyo and accommodation costs for four AUT students and one staff member.
Who would have thought that simply studying or working at AUT would take you to Japan? In June 2016, two AUT students Mary Wilkins and Michael Greenwood and one staff member, Jacqueline Mortimer-Hughes had the opportunity to do just that, being selected to attend the annual Technos International Exchange.
Mary, who is taking Japanese as a minor in her degree, is enthusiastic about her time spent in Japan.
“I have always had an interest for Japan from a young age. I thought it would be an amazing chance to immerse myself in the culture, and I was right!”
The group spent the entire time with students and staff from other contributing universities around the world, all taking part in a rich programme of visits to cultural sites, trying Japanese food and taking part in Japanese customs. Michael says his favourite spot was Green Village. “We went to a traditional Japanese Inn which allowed us a great opportunity to bond with the other international students as well as the Technos students. We were fed amazing food, made some of our own traditional Japanese food (okonomiyaki)) and played sports.”
All three AUT reps are enthusiastic about their experience. “I have gained insight into another way of life, and would love to return,” says Jacqueline.
Last updated: 23-Jan-2017 11.36am
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