SCU students Japan-bound
ZAC WONE has lived his whole life in Nimbin.
But next year the second-year Southern Cross University student will exchange the comforts of home in a small regional village for a dorm room at a Japanese university in a city of 1.3 million people.
Zac is one of three SCU students to be awarded a scholarship to study at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka.
“I’m studying a Bachelor degree in legal and justice studies, so I will finish my degree in Japan,” Zac said.
“I’ve been learning Japanese for a few months with Tazuko McLaren, sensei at the English Language Centre at SCU, and as part of my studies at Kansai Gaidai I have compulsory spoken and written language studies as part of my curriculum.”
Apart from the appeal of visiting a different country, Zac is intrigued to learn more about the Japanese justice system.
“They have the lowest crime rates in the developed world and it will be interesting to see how they do it,” he said.
“I’m also keen to focus the last year of my degree on international law.”
Ms McLaren, the SCU Japanese student liaison officer, said the international office had received quite a few submissions for the $13,000 per student scholarships.
“Kansai Gaidai is well known for its excellent exchange program and the university wanted to encourage SCU students to study in Japan,” she said.
“They love our university as it is a great place for Japanese students to learn – it’s much more relaxed than the city universities.”
Lilly Jones, of Lismore, and Lucy Broomhall, of Bangalow, will take the other two scholarships. Both will be staying on campus. Lucy, who is studying art, will be attending Kansai Gaidai for six months and Lilly, who is studying business, will take a full year’s scholarship.