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Spend 3 weeks at Peking Uni

Peking Building

At 5pm on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, in A9 you can learn more the Global Awareness Summer Programme,  which includes spending three weeks at Peking University in Beijing.

Applications close 31 July.

If you would like to attend this session please email partnerships@canterbury.ac.nz

Read on for more info about this  awesome and prestigious opportunity. 

Ten lucky UC students will spend three weeks at Peking University in Beijing this summer as part of the Global Awareness Summer Programme.

Why is this a big deal?  – Not only is it a chance to get a first-hand insight into Chinese society and culture. It also provides a very rare opportunity to study at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Peking University has one of the lowest admission rates in the world – it’s harder to get into than even Harvard!

Some other facts about Peking University:

  • It boasts the largest university library in Asia with a collection of more than seven million items, including a large collection of ancient Chinese materials
  • It’s widely considered one of the top two universities in China, along with UC’s exchange partner, Tsinghua University
  • It’s the eighth best institution in the world for Modern Languages and has 26 subjects in the top-50 in the 2016 QS World University Subject Rankings.

The three weeks at Peking will involve lectures on Chinese history and culture, language classes, art, calligraphy and dance workshops, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with Peking students studying New Zealand history and culture. There are also a number of fieldtrips to sights of significance in and around Beijing.

In Beijing, students will also undertake research as part of an internship linked to the Canterbury Mayoral Forum’s China Tourism Strategy – a fantastic experience to put in your CV and share at your future job interviews.

 Learn more about the Global Awareness Summer Programme

Click here for background info on the Canterbury Mayor Forum’s Canterbury Visitor Strategy 2016 aimed at boosting tourism throughout Canterbury

If you would like to register to attend the session at 5pm on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, in A9 please email partnerships@canterbury.ac.nz


Go global this summer – awesome opportunity


Go global this summer!

– Apply to be one of 10 lucky students to spend three weeks at Peking University in China

– An exciting opportunity to earn credit towards your degree

– Gain valuable work and international experience

– investigate and propose an innovative solution for Canterbury tourism.

This could be your summer!

The programme will see successful applicants travel to Peking University in China, where you will gain an insight into Chinese society, language and culture.

Peking is not only an elite Chinese university; it has a reputation that extends across the globe. It was recently named the 21st most prestigious global university according to the 2016 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

2016 is the first time this prestigious opportunity has been offered and it’s made even better by the fact that you will be enrolled in PACE295. When you complete the requirements of this course, you will earn 15 points credit.

There will be an information session about this programme at 5pm on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, A9.

Find out how to register for this and learn more about the Global Awareness Summer Programme

Engaging Pasifika youth with STEM

On Thursday 30 June the first Pacific STEM and Enterprise Fono was held at Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral. UC student Josiah Tualamali’i – who is also Chairperson of the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Council (PYLAT) – writes about why the event was significant.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) are becoming increasingly important in our high-tech economy, and New Zealand’s Pacific people need to be a part of this. Although all of the Pacific Islands have rich histories filled with STEM, as our families have moved to Aotearoa it has become an area that few Pacific people pursue.

Josiah at STEM Fono
Josiah at STEM Fono

Run by the PYLAT Council, this fono (meeting) saw 280 Pacific young people from Christchurch schools, churches, UC and other tertiary institutions, along with parents and Matua, come along and learn about these areas. Funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, the purpose of the evening was to raise awareness of STEM and Enterprise as areas that our Pacific community in Canterbury should aspire to study, work and lead in.

PYLAT is a Christchurch based charity run by 13 Pacific young people, and the board includes a large number UC students and staff members. At PYLAT we have a vision of a world well-informed and influenced by Pacific youth, and that is one of the reasons we took on this project.

Events like the STEM Fono are important to help our community see what opportunities are out there. Within my own family, I am the first person to study at university. I know that since I have started studying my younger brothers now look at university as something they can aspire to. For our community we want to encourage those who love or are interested in STEM and enterprise to press on with it so that we have leaders in these areas to inspire and encourage more of our community to achieve and lead in this area.

STEM and enterprise are areas well suited to Pacific communities as our greatest value is about healthy relationships and community. If we are able to reach into the world of science and technology with the same passion we have for our culture and community, Pasifika – and the New Zealand economy – will be much better for it.