14 May 2024 at 10:30 am

Tokyo Board of Education seeks NZ education providers for Masterclass promotional opportunity

The Tokyo Board of Education is seeking expressions of interest from New Zealand universities, schools, Te Pūkenga, and PTEs to provide a Masterclass for the Tokyo English Channel. The class will provide opportunities for education providers to connect with secondary school students in Tokyo.

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (BoE) is one of Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao’s (ENZ) education cooperation arrangement partners in Japan. The BoE is currently looking for 1-2 New Zealand education providers to provide online classes for their Virtual Study Abroad session, part of the Tokyo English Channel.  

These classes are designed to provide Tokyo secondary school students with the opportunity to connect with education providers from around the world, including New Zealand. During these sessions, students are exposed to new ways of thinking from lecturers while interacting and enhancing their communication skills in English with other international participants. The deadline to submit an expression of interest (EOI) is Tuesday 29 May COB NZT. 

ENZ’s Senior Market Development Manager, Misa Kitaoka, said that this opportunity gives New Zealand providers a chance to promote themselves to a wide audience that includes high school students in Japan learning English as a second language as well as a larger audience of English-speaking students from Australia, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, Indonesia, Jordan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, UAE, and Viet Nam.  

This is a great opportunity for Education New Zealand and New Zealand providers to work with the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education to co-develop educational materials for a significant number of Japanese secondary school students. In 2023, the BoE Virtual Study Abroad pages received 840,000 views.  

Lecture videos will include promotional materials from your institution and will be publicly accessible on the BoE website after the Virtual Study Abroad Session,” said Misa. 

Screenshot of the BoE website which hosted Massey University classes in 2022. The videos can be accessed via this link  

The online lectures will contain

1. Two pre-class videos: Introduction of the lecture theme and discussion topics of approximately 5 minutes each. The pre-recorded videos will be streamed on the Virtual Study Abroad website for students to watch before participating in the actual lecture.  

2. Actual lecture: Delivered online via Zoom or other video conference system on 14 October or 4 November 2024. The lecture contains:

  1. two-minute school promotion (pre-recorded video)
  2. Lecture Part One. Presentation from the lecturer (10 minutes)
  3. 20 minutes of group discussion
  4. A 10-minute presentation by students 
  5. Lecture Part Two. Presentation from the lecturer (10 minutes)
  6. 20 minutes of group discussion
  7. A 10-minute presentation by students
  8. A five-minute wrap up 

The event overview and EOI requirements can be found in this document: Tokyo English Channel_Virtual Study Abroad_Lecture Themes and Event Outline.pdf. 

Interested parties can submit their EOI by completing this online form: https://forms.office.com/r/U544y9CQ7D 

Selection Criteria includes: 

  1. Lecture Theme: Is the lecture theme relevant to New Zealand or the New Zealand-Japan relationship?
  2. Abstract: Does the abstract clearly show New Zealand’s capability or strengths in the selected topic?
  3. Audience: Is the lecture abstract engaging and interesting for the target audience of high school students? 

The timeline for the EOI process is as follows: 


  • 31 May: ENZ submits the New Zealand finalists to Tokyo BoE 
  • 28 June: NZ finalists confirm the lecture title and abstract with Tokyo BoE  
  • 30 August: NZ finalists work with Tokyo BoE nominated vendor to record pre-lectures 
  • 30 August: NZ finalists provide school/institution promotion video* to Tokyo BoE 

*School/institution promotion video doesn’t have to be recorded for this purpose. The school/institution can provide their existing videos e.g. already on YouTube, etc.  

14 October or 4 November: Participate in online event 


Examples from past event can be found via these links:  


Questions about the Tokyo English Channel can be sent to ENZ’s Japan team at Japan@enz.govt.nz. 

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