Equinox facilitates third successive annual programme between Irish and Japanese Schools

Equinox Education Services were delighted to facilitate a two-week programme which finished in Ireland last month between students of Athy College in Kildare and a group of eighteen high school students and two teachers from Hokkaido in Japan. This was the third successive annual programme at Athy College between the schools, where students came together to promote their respective cultures under the theme of internationalism.

Hokkaido students proudly displaying their Athy College Hoodies


During their time in Ireland the Hokkaido pupils integrated with local pupils to study different aspects of Irish culture and history, as well as enjoying excursions to destinations such as Dublin, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow. They in turn imparted many characteristics of Japanese art and culture to their hosts, including calligraphy, music and sports such as the marshal art of Kendo. During their final week the group were given a campus tour of The Institute of Technology, Carlow, which culminated in a special Q&A with some of their international student ambassadors and Dr. David Ryan of MicroGen Biotech, a spin out company of the institute. 

Speaking at an event to celebrate Irish Culture at Athy College, Equinox Education Services’ Managing Director Noel Doyle commented “Equinox were delighted to have been able to facilitate this programme once again this year, which is a real testament to the close ties that have developed between both schools and our exceptional local host families”. He further commented “we would like to express sincere gratitude to the wider Athy community and all the staff and students of Athy College, especially the principal Mr. Richard Daly and Deputy Principal Sharron Coffey for their support. Their kindness, hospitality and above all vision, has helped us deliver a programme that has given all of the participating pupils a real sense of the importance of international integration”.

We would like to acknowledge the great work done by Mr. Hiroshi Sakuratani and the team at ISES JAPAN for all their hard work in promoting Ireland as a study destination and all their support to Equinox Education Services Ltd . ISES JAPAN is celebrating 50 years in business this year and we look forward to many more years of excellent collaborations.  Equinox Education Services is very proud to work side by side with ISES JAPAN to deliver tailor-made academic and cultural programs here in Ireland.  

Ireland continues to develop an International reputation as an attractive and safe destination for in-bound study opportunities and cultural programmes at all levels, and Equinox Education Services will host several other tailor-made study and cultural programmes in Ireland for individuals and groups from all over the world in 2018 and beyond.

Equinox Education Services are located at the Gateway Business Centre, Carlow. For further information contact Noel Doyle, Managing Director Equinox Education Services via + 353 87 997 5625 or info@equinox4study.com or Paul Dunne, International Development Manager, Equinox Education Services via + 353 85 725 4280 pdunneequinox@gmail.com