Global, Cultural & Language Studies
The Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies is a newly created department with an emphasis on European and European Union Studies and Asian Studies, studied from contemporary political, social, cultural and language perspectives. The department collaborates with China through the Confucius Institute, and with Europe and the European Union through the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE); engages with business or community groups that wish to reach out to Asia and Europe and provides teaching in international competence.
The Department works innovatively to equip graduates for careers in some of the major continents and societies of the globalised world in ways that ensure relationships are strengthened and mutual benefit, respect and understanding are established.
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Associate Professor Natalia Chaban comments on situation in Ukraine on national media The latest dramatic developments in Ukraine are closely watched by New Zealand. Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, a anitve of Ukraine and a scholar of European Union studies, has been commenting on the situation in Ukraine on national media: TVNZ Seven Sharp, Newztalk ZB, Radio NZ.
EURO MA student Henrietta McNeill has been selected as one of two New Zealand representatives to negotiate at the Y20 Summit in Sydney in July, part of the G20 International Leader's Summit, alongside 132 young people from all around the world. New Zealand is a guest nation at the G20 this year so it is an honour to be able to go. The EU is part of the G20. Topics on the agenda will be economic growth and job creation, global citizenship, and sustainable development. The negotiations that take place will be put into a report which the Prime Minister will take to the G20 Leader's Summit in November. Henrietta was interviewed by Newstalk ZB as well as by the Southland Times about this achievement.
EURO MAs students Berengere Greenland and James Comery were chosen by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and NZ European Union Centers Network to undertake a fully funded three-month internship in European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014.This internship is a flagship project of the NZ European Union Centers Network led by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), affiliated with the Department of the Global Cultural and Language Studies, European and European Union studies. The students, selected on a highly competitive basis, will work with Members of European Parliament and use their experience on the ground to advance their research agenda on European integration and develop unique skills and networks instrumental for their future careers. MPE internship is a New Zealand public diplomacy initiative towards the European Union.
NZ lures record number of Chinese visitors
23 May 2013 New Zealand's clean, green image is a key reason why a record number of Chinese tourists are flocking to New Zealand, a UC Chinese language lecturer says.
UC students win scholarships to study in China
16 October 2012 Three University of Canterbury students have received all-expenses paid scholarships to study in China for a year.
Attention all prospective UC students of Intermediate Japanese Language!
Our new course at intermediate level is JAPA215, starting from 2014. This course replaces the previous JAPA153. The course is designed for students who have passed JAPA115 or JAPA116 (previously JAPA142) or equivalent, Bursary Japanese or NCEA Level 3, or who have gained direct entry through a placement test.
Enquiries to Dr Rachel Payne.
College of Arts Honours Scholarships
Applications are now open for the College of Arts Honours Scholarships. If you are considering studying Honours in 2014 make sure you submit an application before the 21st November to be eligible. Information and application form >>
More film making success
JAPA307 students Reece Bassett, Marissa Powell and Fiona Dunton won best comedy at tertiary level in the Video Matsuri Competition (Japan Foundation, Sydney). Their video was entitled "Little New Zealand". Well done!
Multiple success for students of German at the NZ ShortFilmFest
For the second year in a row, our 200-level German language students won 1st prize in the university category.
While two of our students' films won 1st prize equal, a third UC film was awarded a special prize, and these three as well as a forth film by yet another of our student groups will all be featured on a "Best-Of" DVD to be produced by the organizers of the film fest (Goethe Institut, German Embassy and ILEP - International Languages Exchanges and Pathways).
Congratulations to all our students, who impressed the judges with their high standard of language skills, their creativity and the great effort that they put into producing these winning films.
The Dolls of Japan
The Japan Foundation Travelling Exhibition Abroad, UC Central Library, 12-30 August 2013
The exhibition was presented by the Japan Foundation, in co-operation with the UC School of Languages and Cultures, the UC Library and the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch. It was very well received and enjoyed by both the University community and the general public.
UC-Deutschtag 12 August 2013
Over 40 secondary school students of German and their teachers from the Canterbury area attended a German language immersion afternoon, organised by the German programme of the School of Languages and Cultures and supported by the New Zealand National German Language Adviser, Heike Papenthin, and the Goethe Institut in Wellington.
Prestigious Japanese scholarships
Renee Julian (JAPA205) and Dorian Liebert (JAPA153) have been awarded the 2013 Monbukagakusho Japanese Government Undergraduate scholarships. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are able to study at a university in Japan for one year, and the cost for the tuition fee, living allowance and airfares to and from Japan are covered. This is the third year in a row that UC students have been awarded this prestigious scholarship, while there were no recipients in New Zealand in 2010.
Award winners in the Japanese Language Perfect World Championship 2013
We would like to congratulate the following students, who have won awards in the Japanese Language Perfect World Championship 2013:
Paige Newport (JAPA153) Gold Award
Daniel Watson (JAPA115) Silver Award
William Trainor (JAPA115) Bronze Award
French Ambassador visits UC
On Friday 14th June, the School of Languages and Cultures hosted a seminar by H.E. Francis Etienne, French Ambassador to New Zealand. UC staff and students listened with great interest to the Ambassador's presentation, which was followed by a lively question and answer session. Mr Etienne highlighted the importance of speaking foreign languages. "I think they are essential. We have to
learn other languages not just because it is exotic and fun but it is a necessity if you want to under-stand partners in the political world, in the business world and in the cultural world," he said.
Read more >> Chronicle Vol. 48-3 (PDF, 1.4MB).