Bringing classroom learning to life, Japan
In 2012 ICTE-UQ began delivery of an annual customised Australia/New Zealand Study Abroad program to help environmental science and agriculture students from Tamagawa University discover how their classroom learnings relate to the world around them.
The three-month programs combine guest lectures and practical lab sessions delivered by staff from UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station, School of Biological Sciences, Centre for Marine Studies and Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation as well as comparative cultural studies classes and site visits to research centres, wildlife reserves and community landcare groups. The programs include five-days in Waikato, New Zealand, where students explore geothermal electricity generation, commercial forestry, farming, land use impacts, and native forest ecosystem restoration.
The programs not only allow the students to expand their academic knowledge and apply theoretical learnings to real-world situations, they also introduce the students to the wide range of employment options available to them in plant and animal sciences, research and environmental management.