Japanese Students From OECU Visit Sheridan College in Cultural Exchange

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From March 6-19, 2014, students and faculty from Osaka Electro-Communication University (OECU) of Japan visited Sheridan College and toured Toronto. This exchange program started as a project between their Computer Science and our Communications, Culture and Information Technology (CCIT) program over 10 years ago. OECU shares similar programs to Sheridan College, including a large engineering technology campus in Neyagawa (Oakville’s sister city) and a newer arts, gaming, illustration and design campus in neighbouring Shijonawate.

During their stay, the OECU delegates visited various facilities, studios and labs in FAAD over five school days, including interactive electronics, 3D printing, crafts/design, art and art history lectures, life drawing class, and watching final animation projects. They also visited various cultural points around the GTA, including visits to the Bata Shoe Museum, Ryerson Image Centre, the AGO, McMichael Art Collection, and two animation studio tours at Corus and ARC Productions.

“It was a great year,” said Sheridan visit facilitator and CCIT coordinator, Michael Jones. “Our guests enjoyed learning more about how Sheridan operates, and were very impressed with the high quality of our facilities, professors and students.”

In the Sheridan Sun article below, OECU student Okuda Masaaki described Canada as a place where “everything is bigger.” Yudai Ochi was surprised to see how high quality Sheridan student work was, and promised to work harder than before.

Michael extended his thanks to the Graham family for their hospitality and continued support. Michael Graham is a CCIT graduate who was attracted to the program because of the Japan exchange opportunity, and wrote his first book on his experiences with Japanese culture. Michael’s parents Jo-Ann and Rick Graham and his sister Danielle (a current CCIT student) have hosted students regularly for this trip, including four students this year. Michael also wanted to thank faculty Elizabeth Littlejohn for her assistance in planning this trip and look forward to heading to Japan with her and our return visit group in May.

To learn more about the Communication, Culture and Information Technology program, click here.

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