North Asia CAPE Māori and Kiva Business Scholars

The North Asia CAPE Māori and Kiva Scholars programme has been described as "life changing" for many who have participated in this month-long immersion experience. Scholars are based at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei City, devoting their time to learning Mandarin and exploring the many cultural, historical, and linguistic linkages between Māori and Pacific peoples and the indigenous people of the island of Taiwan.

Applications are now open.

Watch the video by and about the 2019 Maori and Kiva Business Scholars (3'16")

Understanding Urban Japan

The NA CAPE is offering a one-week field research trip in Tokyo to undergraduate and honours students to pursue their own independent research project as the city prepares to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

After completing an online introduction to Japanese society and culture, life in cities, and training in qualitative data gathering and recording, students are guided through the advancement of a research project they can undertake while in Tokyo. Students must have a clear idea of the project plan prior to commencing the orientation period. Project plan can be built around questions such as:

  • What do New Zealand companies do to adapt to the Japanese market?
  • What are some recent trends in the Tokyo art scene?
  • What do Olympics and Rugby World Cup volunteers learn to help foreign visitors?
  • What are some ways that Tokyo has planned to respond to natural disasters?

Further guidelines for the project plan (to be submitted at application) can be found below.

Half of the week in Tokyo will be used for visits to a number of areas regarding social, economic, or political issues facing the city. During the other half, students will undertake individual field trips to places they have researched and contacted prior to their arrival.

This is a unique opportunity to observe and participate in life in Tokyo, interact with peers in Japanese universities, and gain a first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities of people living in Japanese cities today as the country approaches the Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

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Applications for the 2019 Understanding Urban Japan have closed. 

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa Māori Business

In partnership with the University of Waikato, we are offering up to ten places for Māori students across all universities in Aotearoa to take part in the 2019 Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa mobility trip to Japan.

The purpose of Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa is to increase Māori business capability and awareness and improve Māori business engagement in Japan. The programme will provide the opportunity to connect with indigenous communities in Hokkaido as well as visit businesses in Tokyo.

Applications for the 2019 Programme are now closed.

North Asia CAPE Japan Study Tour

The North Asia CAPE will offer fully-funded study tours for first-year students of Japanese language to experience first-hand the value of learning Japanese in country.

In 2019, 15 students will have the opportunity to travel to Ishikawa Prefecture to study Japanese language and culture.

Applications for the 2019 Study Tour have closed. 

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