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Outstanding international students make a difference

International students really do make a difference, including contributing to the future of our city when they visit UC.

Students from three elite international universities – Oxford, Peking and Beihang – have visited UC in recent months to develop and present ideas on the future of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The University’s International Relationships Office is working to further strengthen connections between the city and these prestigious learning centres. Re-imagining the City of Christchurch was the challenge put to 18 students from Oxford University and 27 students from Beijing’s Peking and Beihang Universities during respective UC-hosted visits here in September 2017 and January/February 2018.

Supported through lectures, discussions and field trips, the students were encouraged to develop ideas on the city’s future. Their final presentations, attended by representatives of city agencies including Christchurch City Council, were well-received.

International Partnerships Coordinator William Shannon says the students used every minute of their short time in Ōtautahi Christchurch to engage with the city and the content of their respective courses.

“Without exception, their final proposals were outstanding.”

Emeritus Professor Eric Pawson, who helped design the students’ programmes, says their research projects were of real value, producing valuable ideas across a range of disciplines.

“One of the Oxford groups created a wonderful portfolio for a cultural trail through the residential red zone, which was subsequently incorporated into a report for Regenerate Christchurch. These things do have an impact and all the students involved benefit enormously from the experience.”

This September, the University will again host students from Oxford, reflecting the deepening bonds between the two universities. After the 2011 earthquakes, Oxford offered dozens of places to our senior scholars to spend a term studying there.

Our University has also sent groups of students to Peking University, most recently in November/December 2017. While there, students conducted research on behalf of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum and ChristchurchNZ to examine how to boost migration to Canterbury for study and work. Their final reports were well received, paving the way for future research and collaboration.

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. 

International enrolment in person – extended hours

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 

Enrolment changes, withdrawals and refunds

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 enrol@canterbury.ac.nz

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:

Ngā mihi,

Lynn McClelland
Executive Director, Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā

Japanese lecturer received a Certificate of Ambassador’s Commendation

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