Student intake from 13 countries

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 11:30 05/05/2012
International Pacific College student Duy Ly Phan plays a dan tranh, a traditional Vietnamese instrument at a Commencement Ceremony welcoming new students.
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OVERSEAS FLAVOUR: International Pacific College student Duy Ly Phan plays a dan tranh, a traditional Vietnamese instrument at a Commencement Ceremony welcoming new students.

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The latest intake of students to International Pacific College shows the I in IPC is well deserved.

The 180 new students come from 13 countries. They were officially welcomed to Palmerston North at IPC's Commencement Ceremony yesterday at the Regent on Broadway.

Japanese ambassador Hideto Mitamura was one of three ambassadors who attended the ceremony and told the students the advantage of learning overseas was realising not everyone thought the same about things.

He gave several examples from his time as a student in the United States including one about being introduced to the concept of daylight savings time, which Japan does not have.

"That made me realise that time was a thing created by human beings as a way of living, it made me realise time was not absolute, time could be changed."

Mr Mitamura said people's views and understandings were shaped by the place where they were born and raised. By studying at IPC students would be exposed to many different view points from around the world.

"I'm sure you understand how lucky you are to be exposed to different ways of thinking."

Three new students also spoke at the ceremony including New Zealander Nicola Prowse. Miss Prowse said she decided to study at IPC after attending Japanese courses at the polytech last year while in high school.

"I fell in love with the campus, students and staff."

She was studying Japanese because she was "obsessed" with the country.

"I just love the culture," she said.

The 13 countries the students call home were Brazil, China, Colombia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Palestine, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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