Equinox Education Services, in collaboration with our long-standing Japanese partner ISES JAPAN (国際留学生センター), were delighted to facilitate an inaugural Education and Cultural programme for twenty three co-educational students and their teachers from a prominent High School in Osaka, Japan at Tyndall College, Carlow last month.

The programme, which was arranged after three years of planning, was originally scheduled for the previous week, but the school had to delay their trip due to ‘Typhon Hagibis’ making landfall in Japan. Nevertheless, just like the Japan national team in the current Rugby World Cup tournament, the school were undaunted by their much larger foe and were determined to visit Ireland. After some hasty re-scheduling and plenty of good will on the part of Tyndall College Principal Gerry McGill and his team, the school pulled out all the stops so that the programme could go ahead.

At Tyndall College the Japanese students integrated with their equivalent fifth and six year peers through Equinox’s inspired class integration system.to participate in a wide range of subjects taught in English, including John Tyndall inspired science experiments with light, mathematics, business, music, arts and culture so that they could experience different aspects of the Irish secondary school curriculum. They in turn imparted many characteristics of Japanese learning and culture to their hosts.

During their stay group were given a campus tour of The Institute of Technology, Carlow and visited local attractions such as Visual Carlow and the County Carlow museum. They also visited a local Carlow business with international reach, Delmec Engineering, where they learnt about aspects of their telecoms infrastructure solutions. The short, 7 days programme included cultural excursions to destinations such as Dublin, Waterford and Kilkenny.

Speaking at the closing ceremony for the programme at Tyndall College, Equinox Education Services’ Managing Director Noel Doyle sincerely thanked Principal Gerry McGill, his colleague Gemma Lawlor and all the staff at Tyndall college for making the programme possible and for their hospitality towards the visiting students and their teachers. He commented “we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Gerry and his team for making the programme possible in spite of its initial delay, and its successful conclusion is testament to this fantastic new campus, its facilities and the overarching ethos that Tyndall College has for embracing International students and the importance of international integration”.

The programme culminated in a certificate awards ceremony for the visiting students as well as a symbolic tree planting ceremony to celebrate the unique ties that both schools had forged in such as short space of time. The Japanese students also give a music recital where they were able to give a perfect rendition of ‘The dawning of the day’ on tin whistle after just one lesson. Equinox anticipates that the programme will be repeated at the school in 2020 and beyond.

The Tyndall College Education and Cultural programme is the seventh such programme facilitated for Japanese groups by Equinox and its partners in Carlow and the southeast Ireland in the last ten months, which has seen over 226 visitors travel to the region from Japan during this period alone. This is in addition to the hundreds of other international students and visitors that Equinox continues to facilitate annually here in Ireland and overseas.

For further information about our tailor-made programmes please 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 pdunne@equinox4study.com