27 June 2012
Students enjoy special holiday Diet
Thirteen RMIT University students gained deeper knowledge of Japanese language and culture on a recent study tour to Japan.
The tour was funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Japan Student Services Organisation, and hosted by the School of Global Studies at Tama University in Fujisawa (near Tokyo), a partner university of RMIT.
Students spent two weeks living with a Japanese family, giving presentations about RMIT and Melbourne life to university staff and students, and engaging in class activities with Tama students.
"Studying Japanese in Japan has surpassed any possible study done at home," said Jimmy Nguyen, who is in his third year studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering).
Tama University organised social and cultural activities, including soaking in hot springs, watching a sumo match, and visiting the Diet (Japanese parliament) to meet politicians.
Barbara White, the course coordinator of Japanese, said she was grateful for support from Tama University, DEEWR and RMIT's Education Abroad office.
Tara Krake, a third-year Bachelor of Business (Professional Accounting) student, said: "Thanks to this trip, I have become more open to other cultures and I have learnt to be more focused in the work I do at university."
Attending a tea ceremony at Tama University.
The completion ceremony at Tama University.