Japanese students get a taste of New Zealand during Lincoln visit  



The visiting students listen to Landcare Research’s Scott Graham. 

Lincoln alumnus Yoshi Uchida, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Japan’s Hokkaido University, is back for his third trip with his students to give them a taste of Kiwi life that he had enjoyed himself.

He is spending two weeks on campus with eight students and hopes it will encourage them to try overseas study themselves when they get to postgraduate level.

All the visiting students are Agriculture undergraduates, and Yoshi wanted to show them the different types of research and practice in New Zealand.

This included visits to Landcare Research and Lincoln’s own research farm, Ashley Dene.

They also stay in Kiwi homes, so they would have to communicate in English and experience the culture.

The trip is part of a learning satellite programme from Hokkaido University and the students would practice their English in a real-life setting.

Yoshi started his Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln in 2002, with an Honours in Soil Science, and finished his PhD in 2010.

When he began teaching he realised that many Japanese students were eager to study in English, but they needed a lot of assistance to make their dream come true. Based on his experience, he thought Lincoln University could provide a perfect opportunity for them.

He wants the students to compare New Zealand life with life in Japan, in a variety of areas outside of education- comedy, public holidays and origin myths.

He wanted to integrate them with their Kiwi counterparts and had enlisted the help of some Lincoln students, for which he would offer some credits from his own University.

He said some of his students have never been out of Japan.

Yoshi said he had noticed a change in his students in previous trips, even after such a short visit.

Source: Lincoln University