Gunma-Keele Partnership Sealed with First Cohort
Seven students from Gunma University in Japan this week completed an exciting 4-week ‘English Language, Industry and Culture’ programme jointly organised by the Global Education team and the Language Learning Unit (LLU). The programme, based on the highly successful format Keele has operated with the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies for a quarter century, includes a series of English classes through the LLU, lectures and tours by Keele staff, visits to local and nearby places of interest and a mixture of homestay with Keele and local families and a taste of the ‘student experience’ on campus in student accommodation, including activities with Keele’s Pre-sessional students. Additional to the programme was the inclusion of ‘Industry Days’, during which the students were placed with local firms to get first-hand experience of work environments related to their future careers—a number of them with Keele staff. The programme concluded with Poster Presentations based on the students’ Industry Day experiences and a departure dinner and certification ceremony in Keele Hall.
A blog recording some of the students’ experiences and impressions is at http://gunma-keele.blogspot.co.uk/ -- see if you can spot the Jeremy Brett look-alike!