Students’ language skills recognised by Japanese Consul

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05 Nov 2012

Mr. Minoru Kikuchi, Japanese Consul encouraged CPIT Bachelor of Japanese Language students to continue to expand their knowledge during the presentation of the Japanese Consul’s Prize last Friday. CPIT students Raymond Chen and Jin Ae Cho received the prestigious prize for 2011 and 2012 respectively, recognising their excellent language skills and commitment to study.

“I am very happy to present the Consul’s Prize to each of you and I hope you continue to study Japanese in the years to come,” Mr. Kikichi said.

Cho, in her second year of study, said that the award was “an honour”. She is working at the Central District Health Board proving health advice to the Asian community in Christchurch. She already speaks Korean and English but wanted to add Japanese to her abilities in order to be able to better communicate important health programmes, in particular cervical screening, in the community.

Image of Raymond Chen and Jin Ae Cho

Jin Ae Cho and Raymond Chen receive Japanese Consul's Prize.

“People can be quite shy and becoming experienced in Japanese is important to educating them,” she said.

Chen is in his third year and is excited to complete his degree after the challenges of the past year.

“I have worked hard every day and I am very happy I have achieved this honour,” he said.

Tutors recognition

Tutor’s Yoshihiko Holmes and Henk de Groot both commented on the students’ outstanding commitment to their study.

“We are really proud of them. They’ve come through from complete beginners and learned all their Japanese here in Christchurch under some challenging conditions,” de Groot said.

CPIT has a close working relationship with the Japanese Consulate who presents this annual prize and many graduates travel to Japan with the consul’s one-year Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme. The prize was unable to be presented in 2011 due to the earthquakes so Chen’s prize was presented at this years’ ceremony instead.