Iris Yip Ching-man, BBA International Business, from the Department of Management, was awarded a scholarship by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) to recognise her exceptional academic performance and active participation in events organised for international students. Iris was hosted by Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (NUCB) for one semester of exchange study.
Enriching her life experience, Iris actively participated in the “Cultural Enrichment Activities” organised by NUCB. She specially reveled in the recent rice planting trip to a small town called Ena, which is located at Gifu Prefecture, north of Nagoya.
“It was a valuable opportunity to learn planting crops in Japan. We were offered a briefing session by local farmers on how to do planting effectively. Then, we started working with bare foot in the muddy rice field. It was truly unforgettable,” Iris said.
Iris seized every opportunity to learn Japanese culture by joining different expedition trips. For instance, she visited the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, and Takayama, a historical town where the distinctive, old architecture is well preserved, to deepen her understanding about Japanese history and culture.
“I feel lucky and grateful to stay with them, it made this exchange trip more fun and memorable. I am glad to see both my Japanese and Mandarin oral skills are much improved now!”
For more information about CB Student Exchange Programme, please visit Exchange website.