PaCE customises programmes for Japanese university

Students from Edogawa University in Japan have been visiting Massey University for more than 25 years to participate in a customised programme of English language studies with Massey’s Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) and to also learn about New Zealand.

The visit, instigated by Edogawa in 1990, was one of the earliest activities of Massey's Professional Development Centre. Each year, Edogawa sends between 30 and 90 students to New Zealand for three weeks of English language tuition and cultural, sightseeing and sports experiences. Students who attend the Massey programme are spread across Massey's three campuses.

Each campus has developed a programme matching the students' major at their home university, PaCE Director Andrea Flavel says. In Manawatū, early childhood education students are offered a customised programme of school and preschools visits, while the Auckland programme incorporates a visit to TV3's studios for media students. Wellington has hosted contemporary sociology students in previous years. All are accommodated in homestays, which adds to the New Zealand context for the visit, she says.

Professor Arai from Edogawa has accompanied the students annually for most of the visits since the 1990s and thanks Massey on behalf of his university "from our hearts for your warm hospitality for the students and me". Professor Arai’s father initiated the venture when he contacted Massey to see if it would be feasible to send a group here for a short course.

The Edogawa model has now been used successfully with groups from Thailand, Korea, China, Qatar and Indonesia, as well as other universities in Japan.

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