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ニュージーランド・サマーキャンプ【New Zealand Summer Camp】

posted Feb 28, 2018, 3:49 PM by Yoshitaka Uchida




   I and eight students visited Lincoln University, New Zealand for two weeks. Since I started working at Hokkaido University, I have been trying to do this course every year in New Zealand summer time. One of the major reasons for this is because I wanted to give a chance to my students to see overseas. For agricultural students, it is extremely important to see how farming is done globally. Lincoln University has many farms and research institutes attached to it. My students see them and learn a lot of new things from them. 

   More importantly, I would like to take early stage undergraduate students to overseas. Towards the end of their course, students tend to be busier, because of their thesis research or job hunting. Thus, it is almost impossible to turn their lives around and do something new. It is not because they are aging but because they start becoming the adults. For example, second year undergraduate students can still choose to do their master's in overseas if they start dreaming about it after they visited overseas. 

   Thus, I took seven second years and one third year to this trip. They had a hard time learning at the English school in the mornings but in the afternoon, I and local friends and professors that I know arranged field trips and group works. I thank all of them for their helps. 

   I would like to continue this for the next few years, making it better and better.