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JAPA students win fully-funded study tours to Japan

Five students in the Elementary Japanese Course have been selected to participate in a fully-funded two-week study programme in Japan by the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Experience (CAPE).

The programme was open to Aotearoa New Zealand students by competitive application and five of the 15 students selected were first year UC JAPA students. The students will have the opportunity to travel to the Ishikawa Prefecture to study the Japanese language and culture between November and October.

Congratulations to Chris Langridge, Daniel Price, Andy Simmonds, Rosara Harris and Timothy Sullivan. We would like to wish them all the best for their stay in Japan.

NCEA Japanese Day biggest ever

Japanese NCEA school day, 8.6.17Client, Rachel Payne, Japanese.

UC hosted a NCEA Japanese workshop for secondary school students on Thursday 8 June. The workshop was attended by 370 students from 15 schools and was the 5th annual event hosted by the UC Japanese programme with support from the Canterbury Network of Teachers of Japanese. The event attracted the largest number of participants since it began in 2013 and is the largest event of its kind on Japanese language education in New Zealand.

Japanese Day Guests
Left to right: Dr Kyoko Mikami, Mr Mitsuru Murase, Mr Tim Williams, Professor Paul Millar, Dr Rachel Payne, Masayoshi Ogino

The day started with a warm welcome from Professor Paul Millar (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor – College of Arts), and greetings from Mr Mitsuru Murase (Consul, Consular Office of Japan). A special talk was delivered by UC alumni and internet marketing pioneer Mr Tim Williams, on his encounters and experiences in Japan, as well as the skills required for the rapidly changing world.

The secondary school students had three intensive language sessions, with 30 UC students who helped them to learn Japanese as role models and mentors. The feedback was overwhelming, indicating those involved enjoyed their day at UC.

Visiting Japanese search and rescue drone experts on campus

Research Report, Wireless Research Centre, drone group photographed on the Ilam Fields, 31.1.17 All permissions given. Prof Ryuji Kohno, Natsuki Kinggasa, Takumi Kobayashi, Kouhei Harada, Kelvin Barnsdale, Zane Barker, Adam Mir, Jamie van de Laar, Andreas Willig, Graeme Woodward. Client, Fiona Clayton, Communications, SSAC.

Senior Research Engineer from UC’s Spatial Engineering Research Centre (SERC) Kelvin Barnsdale (rear left), controls the flight of a UC drone while Professor Ryuji Kohno (back row, second from right) and colleagues from Yokohama National University and WRC staff and students look on.

The Wireless Research Centre (WRC) is hosting Professor Ryuji Kohno and colleagues from Yokohama National University this week and next. The visitors are here to work collaboratively on use of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs) for search and rescue in large scale emergencies such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

Dr Graeme Woodward says researchers from UC’s new DroneLab and their Japanese collaborators are developing technology to empower swarms of drones to locate, and potentially to triage, casualties by flying formations over major disaster areas in the wake of earthquakes and tsunamis. The forthcoming 2016 Research Report will cover the collaboration in more depth in March.

Listen to Kelvin Barnsdale talk to Newstalk ZB about drones as first responders>

Read NZ Herald article on drones in disasters and see video over volcanoes>