14 March 2018 at 9:00 am

Wintec celebrates 10 years of friendship with Shimane University

Eighteen Japanese nursing and medical students will spend two weeks at Wintec to mark its 10-year relationship with Shimane University.

In the centre are Mark Flowers, Wintec chief executive, and Professor Jun Iwata, of Shimane University’s department of medical, social and cultural science, with the group of Japanese nursing and medical students.

Accompanied by Professors Jun Iwata and Dr Rie Sato, the students will undertake a two-week short study tour through Wintec’s Centre for Health and Social Practice and Centre for Languages.

The group was welcomed with a pōwhiri at Wintec’s city campus where the students responded with traditional Japanese songs. Shortly after, Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers and Shimane University professor Jun Iwata cut a celebration cake with the students.

Wintec international director Jason Matangi welcomed the visitors and spoke about the value of the relationship between Wintec and Japan.

“Maintaining international relations is essential for Wintec and for New Zealand. The 10-year anniversary is an important milestone in our relationship and is a recognition of our deep friendship and the regard with which we hold Shimane University and Japan.”

During their time at Wintec, the students will study nursing and medical education to get an overview of the health sector in New Zealand. This includes academic visits to Waikato Hospital and Waterford Birth Centre to allow the Japanese students to learn more about New Zealand practices.

To complete the Kiwi experience, the students will also take English language courses and live with local homestays. The group will also have a chance to tour around the Waikato region including weekend trips to Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupō.

The relationship between the two institutions started 10 years ago through a staff exchange programme. Since 2010, Wintec has welcomed students from Shimane University for short-term training programmes every year.

Wintec and Shimane University aim to enhance this mutual programme in the next few years. 

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