FTA scholarship students return
Republic of Korea (South)
The 150 Korean students who took part in the first-ever English-language scholarship programme under the Korea-NZ FTA have returned safe and well from their eight-weeks studying in New Zealand.
The group selected from hundreds of applications from rural schools earlier this year were happy to be reunited with their parents in September, although some admitted to wishing they could have stayed in New Zealand longer.
In October, they attended a welcome back ceremony in Daejeon where they were presented with certificates of achievement by the programme’s organisers, Education NZ and the Korean Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS).
Four students who improved their English language skills the most were also invited to Ambassador Clare Fearnley’s Residence for dinner with their parents, EPIS President Park Chul-soo, and Education NZ’s Richard Kyle to mark their achievements.
These students - Da-in Middle Schooler Jung U-jin from Kyungasang-buk-do, Joyang Middle Schooler Kim Min-seo from Gyeonggi-do, Jangheung Girls Middle Schooler Lee Seung-mi from Jeollanam-do, and Ipo High Schooler Choi In-yeong from Gyeonggi-do - shared photos and reminiscences of their experience going to school and living with homestay families in Waikato, Marlborough and Canterbury.