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ECU says G’day to Japanese students

Tuesday, 09 February 2016

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What are the two phrases you’d teach someone newly arrived in Australia?

For Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman, they were “no worries” and “g’day mate”.

That was the first introduction to Australia for 122 Japanese students recently arrived at ECU from Tokyo City University (TCU).

The students are taking part in a five month study abroad program unique to ECU. They’ve been paired with 65 ECU student volunteers who’ll mentor them as well as gaining valuable experience in Japanese themselves.

One of those ECU volunteers is Joshua Norris, who volunteered for the program after studying as an exchange student in Japan last year.

He saw the program as a chance to offer his experience to TCU students as well as to improve his Japanese.

It also looks pretty good on a resume.

TCU student Maho Okumura said she was interested in learning about Australian culture and making new friends.

Professor Chapman said the program was an opportunity to forge lifelong friendships.

The TCU program will see around 200 Japanese students visit ECU in 2016.

Any ECU students who are interested in volunteering as buddies for TCU students in Semester 2 this year should contact the International Office to register their interest.

Later this year, TCU will be hosting 10 ECU students on a short study tour.

For more information about studying at ECU as an exchange student, or studying overseas as an ECU student, visit the international webpages.

Earlier this year ECU was named in the world’s top 200 most international universities, acknowledging our appeal to overseas students, academics and collaborators.

The rankings assess universities on the proportion of international staff, students and international collaborators on published research.

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