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.
UC has experienced an especially busy time with international enrolments on campus and it has been decided to extend hours over the next few days.
Please pass this information on to any concerned international students and assure them they will not be penalised with an extra administration fee.
Friday 16 February, 9am – 5pm
Saturday 17 February, 10am – 1pm
Monday 19 February, 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 20 February, 9am – 5pm
Where: Central Library Puaka-James Hight building
Some students are thinking about changing their enrolment or withdrawing from a course. There are important final dates they need to know. Please pass on this information to individuals, or in classes.
- The last date to make changes to enrolment or to withdraw with a full refund from Semester 1 courses that start Monday 19 February 2018 is Friday 2 March.
- For full-year courses, the final date to withdraw with a full refund is Friday 9 March. The University is unable to make any refunds after this date.
- NOTE: If students do not withdraw by 2 March their future entitlement to fees-free will be affected.
For further help and information on enrolment changes and withdrawals students can phone the Contact Centre on +64 3 369 3999 or 0800 VARSITY. Alternatively they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping students make decisions
You may find yourself in a position to give a student advice ̶ you can also reassure them there’s a lot of support available and that it is OK to change their mind. They can visit www.canterbury.ac.nz/support or talk to any of the following:
Executive Director, Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā
Dr Masayoshi Ogino has been awarded a Certificate of Ambassador’s Commendation from HE Mr Toshihisa Takata, Ambassador of Japan to New Zealand in recognition of his distinguished service in contributing to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and New Zealand.
With a full support of the Japanese programme, Masayoshi has organised a number of successful projects and events that involve Japanese language learners and teachers locally, nationally and internationally.
They include the NCEA Japanese workshop at UC in which over 1,300 secondary school students and UC students participated since its start in 2013. It is unique in that it is secondary and tertiary learners of Japanese collaborate and interact, and one of the largest of its kind, and thus has been attracting an interest internationally.
In addition, he is the organiser of the Japanese dance video project in which secondary and tertiary Japanese learners have participated since 2014. It is one of the videos ranked first in the music category of Yahoo Japan Video Topics, with over 90,000 views around the world, which contributed to raising the visibility of Japanese language education in Christchurch and New Zealand to the viewers in Japan and around the world.
Dr Ogino was the recipient of the College of Arts Excellence in Teaching award in 2017.
Dr Ogino with Ambassador of Japan
Have you heard about the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students? Student Success has created a special video invitation to encourage staff to attend a Code presentation by NZQA on Wednesday 25 October from 12-2pm in Undercroft 101, followed by afternoon tea.
The Code of Practice is part of the Education Act and requires education providers to ensure that international students are well informed, safe, and properly cared for. UC is currently completing its annual self-review reflecting on its support for international students.
General and academic staff are encouraged to attend this presentation to learn more about how to support international students during their time at UC.