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  • Peking University Attendees at the 2015 Canterbury Summer Program


    Pictured: International student participants from the Summer Program.


    Pictured: The University of Canterbury Registry located in the City Centre.

    28/06/2014 - The 2015 joint summer program of New Zealand Centre between Peking University and The University of Canterbury was successfully held in Christchurch, New Zealand from January 24 to February 14, 2015.

    The 2015 joint summer program of New Zealand Centre between Peking University and The University of Canterbury was successfully held in Christchurch, New Zealand from January 24 to February 14, 2015. Three students from Peking University (Liang Shushu from Guanghua School of Management, Feng Han from College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, and Jing Hao from School of Foreign Languages) attended this summer program, and Dr. Ma Naiqiang from English Department also joined the program as the chaperone.

    The program was mainly based on Canterbury undergraduate course, CHCH101 Rebuilding Christchurch–An Introduction to Community Engagement in Tertiary Studies (ICETS), which is a course incorporating a service learning component, giving students the chance to connect with the recovery and rebuilding of Christchurch. Dr. Billy O’Steen hosted the program and instructed the course, while Ms. Dolapo Fakuade and Mr. William Hurtes served as teaching assistants for the course. The program proceeded under a fully international setting, with students coming from China, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia as well as New Zealand.

    Building on the great community spirit of the Student Volunteer Army, the program combined service efforts with academic content about community engagement. Throughout the course, students became connected with several whole-class service projects related to earthquake recovery, and in addition, there were several sessions featuring local leaders in the renewal of Christchurch. Thus, the program was a great opportunity for our students to get to know New Zealand and community members, and learn in an international variety.

    The three-week program contained two parts: 1) introduction to Community Engagement in Tertiary Studies covering themes of resilience, service learning and the role of a tertiary student in the wider community, particularly after a natural disaster; 2) skills in academic writing, presentation skills, research skills, note taking and other academic-centred skills focused on achievement in an academic setting. Via the program, students were exposed to New Zealand culture and experience as well as working on projects within Christchurch. During the course, students were encouraged to immerse themselves in the engagement projects and academic work as the group strived towards a common goal.

    The New Zealand Centre was first established in 2007 as a collaborative project between Peking University and the University of Auckland, and his since grown to encompass five of New Zealand's most prestigious national universities. New Zealand government agencies Education New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) are also key stakeholders in the project. The Centre is charged with the tasks of raising the profile of New Zealand at China's leading tertiary education institution, enhancing academic and cultural exchange between China and New Zealand, and providing a unique venue to increase understanding between New Zealanders and Chinese alike. For more information contact our liaison officers.

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