(Image caption: Director of NA CAPE Professor Paul Clark, Consul-General of Japan in Auckland Shinichi Hamada; photo supplied by Consulate General of Japan Auckland)

In an online ceremony held on 2 December 2020, North Asia CAPE and the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education signed an MOU strengthening existing educational ties between Japan and New Zealand.

The agreement promotes collaborative opportunities in international education in the areas of study abroad activities, information exchange, and professional development for teachers. Areas of support outlined include fostering globally competent leaders through access to student places at Hiroshima Global Academy (HiGA).

The signing brought together Superintendent of the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education Rie Hirakawa, and Director of North Asia CAPE Professor Paul Clark, and was witnessed by Consul-General of Japan in Auckland Shinichi Hamada, and Consul Yusaku Sekeno. Also present were representatives from NA CAPE, HiGA, Education New Zealand, and the University of Auckland.

Joining online from Japan, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Hamish Cooper said, ‘I hope the Hiroshima Global Academy will be a new bridge between New Zealand and Hiroshima strengthening the long and enduring relationship between our two countries.’

The MOU is in line with NA CAPE’s mission to support the education sector, thereby strengthening New Zealanders’ global competence and understanding of Asia-Pacific cultures and languages.

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