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Ambassador to Seoul meets Postgraduate students

The New Zealand Korea Business Council hosted the Aotearoa New Zealand  Ambassador to Seoul in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 16 May.

The Council organised for a group of Korean Postgraduate students to meet with the Ambassador to discuss their experience at UC, and their future plans in Aotearoa New Zealand.

From left to right James Waghorn (International Recruitment Co-ordinator), Min-ho Yang, Chang-hoon Lee, Chong-hwan Park, Ji-hyun Lim, Philip Turner (NZ Ambassador to Seoul), Min-gu Jun, Byung-kyu Kang, Hee-Seung Lee

IRO celebrates NZEA Scholarship Winners

The New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) is a joint initiative between UC and Education New Zealand, offering scholarship opportunities to International students to study at UC.

IRO (UC’s International Relationship Office) celebrated the winners of the NZEA 2017/18 scholarship at a certificate presentation ceremony.

From left to right:
Dr. Ian MacDonald (Director of International Growth Strategies), Kodanda Rama Chandra Merugu(MENGSt), Basil Sabu (MENGSt), Meryn Tomson (PGDipSc), Greg Scott (Director Industry Development ENZ) Sandeep Sharma (International Recruitment Coordinator India)

UC on Wheels arrives in India

International Recruitment Coordinator Sandeep Sharma recently returned from two weeks touring International High Schools in India to promote UC and launch the much anticipated UC on Wheels campaign.  He shares his experience with us here.

UC on Wheels is a unique concept that introduces prospective students to UC through storytelling.

Our International Relationships Office (IRO) representative (in this instance, myself), starts by initiating conversation with the students on a topic of global relevance (i.e. Global Citizenship) before the accompanying UC academic (in this case Dr Moffat Mathews) leads the discussion using a lecture style delivery for thirty minutes, allowing students to experience a UC style of in-class teaching and learning.

This is followed by an essay writing competition before an alumni representative speaks with the students about their experience at UC.

To round out the visit, students are given information about UC colleges and related programs before experiencing a 360 degree ‘tour’ of campus thanks to a specially equipped VR headset.

Over the course of two weeks we visited over 1000 students in fourteen schools across four cities, including SelaQui International School (Dehardun), National Public School (Bangalore) and India International School (Bangalore), who signed a memoranda of understanding with UC in June of this year.

If you’re interested in accompanying IRO to India for trips like this, we would love to have you. I’ll be organising meetings with all colleges soon to discuss opportunities in the new year.

Colleges will need to cover the costs associated with sending staff on such trips however we recommend giving this strong consideration as it could lead to a great return on investment for future intakes.

Following the success of his Indian tour, Sandeep will soon depart for United Arab Emirates and Oman, and is highly confident of the potential in this market.

To hear more about the great work coming out of our International Relationships Office, keep an eye on Intercom or contact the team here>

International recruitment counsellors visit UC

On Thursday 1 March the IRO hosted 11 counsellors from international recruitment agencies in Auckland. 

This gave us a chance to showcase the campus and for the Counsellors to meet with key members of the teams that  they work with. 

Admissions, Conversion Management, EDP, the College of Business and Law and College of Science were all in attendance at the informal meetings in the morning. 

Ian MacDonald joined us for lunch in the Shilling Club, and Elizabeth Zou our on campus Team China rep and Lydia Liu of UCIC took them on a campus tour, that included a walk around the Ernest Rutherford Building. 

The campus was much admired and the day was rounded off with a city tour. where we took the opportunity to show just how far Christchurch has come.