Japanese students enjoy a taste of England

A group of 16 Japanese students and two of their tutors were recently joined by Heather Wheeler MP to enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in Burton and South Derbyshire College’s Mulberry Restaurant.

The students spent the morning with the professional chefs and Catering students in the College’s Mulberry Restaurant, learning how to create the food and set the restaurant up for the afternoon tea event. After enjoying the fruits of their labour, students from Toyota City delivered insightful presentations about traditional Japanese food.

The cohort is currently taking part in a two week study tour at Burton and South Derbyshire College from Toyota City, Japan, which is twinned with South Derbyshire. The College’s partnership with Japan creates a range of exciting collaborative projects, including student exchange visits and the sharing of best practice.

The study tour has seen students from high schools across Toyota City taking part in a series of activities, including visits to Toyota Manufacturing UK (Burnaston), St. George’s Park, Sudbury Hall and Rosliston Forestry Centre, as well as a trip to London. The tour will culminate in a cultural evening where the Japanese students will provide a visual representation of their trip and perform a Japanese play for guests.

During the study tour, a team of International Ambassadors have buddied with the Japanese visitors, providing support and friendship during their stay. Becoming an International Ambassador gives BSDC students the opportunity to enhance their employability skills by representing the College’s core values, while accompanying international learners on a range of activities, including cultural experiences.

Dawn Ward CBE, Chief Executive and Principal of BSDC, commented: “We are delighted to welcome students from Toyota City to Burton and South Derbyshire College. Experiences such as this provide an opportunity for students to expand their cultural horizons and learn about different perspectives. The collaboration will benefit young people from both countries for many years to come, helping them develop employability skills for success in the global workplace.”

Heather Wheeler MP added: “The students worked together to create a fantastic afternoon tea in the College’s Mulberry Restaurant. The partnership represents an exciting opportunity for young people from our region and from Toyota City region to benefit from academic exchange and collaboration, and be enriched by the experiences which international partnership can bring.”


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