Students from Shizuoka University of Arts and Culture (SUAC) in Hamamatsu in Japan have spent 4 weeks enjoying an English Language summer school at Trinity University College. During their stay the group of 15 students also attended lectures on British and Welsh culture and visited tourist attractions in Swansea, Cardiff, Pembrokeshire, Aberystwyth as well as London.
The link between Trinity and SUAC has been developed over many years. Last semester a Noh Theatre Master from Shizuoka visited the University to lead master classes with BA Acting students in the traditional Japanese theatre genre using masks.
SUAC is based in Hamamatsu City which is overlooked by the snow capped Mount Fuji. Dr Heita Kawakatsu, former president of SUAC said “Shizuoka University of Art and Culture was established in central Hamamatsu, where it is working closely with the city to encourage cultural development, the promotion of universal design and the realisation of an international city open to the world”. The summer school at Trinity was developed to improve the English language skills of SUAC students as well as to enable them to experience two of the UK’s cultures and languages.
International Officer, Kathleen Adnum, said “The link with SUAC has been developed over many years and we were very pleased to welcome the students here for a Summer School. They had a wonderful time and were delighted with the food provided by the Halliwell Centre - even taking photographs to show back home in Japan. We hope that they will return next year but also that the link will develop to provide other study abroad opportunities”.
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Photograph: Students of the Japanese Summer School with International Officer Kathleen Adnum
Photographer: Ric Bower