Three representatives from Soka Women’s College in Japan visited the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London last week to discuss vocational qualifications.

Professor Noboru Mizumoto, Associate Professor Kiyoko Kobayashi, and Lecturer Hideaki Kawashima were welcomed by Principal Paul Head, Level 3 Business student Tara Clifford and Director of Business, Kurt Hintz.

Soka Women’s College, who are interested in introducing vocational qualifications in Management, Accounting and Computing, were keen to find out how the College delivered its NVQs in Business and ICT.

Director, Kurt Hintz, spent the day with the delegates explaining the process and showing them around the College’s School of Business, and ICT. He said: “It’s always beneficial to speak to other colleges and universities about their processes, but this was particularly interesting as they were from a country that has a different approach to education.”

As a private college, Soka students pay between £7-9k a year and learn in classes of 40. Each student receives an Ipad during enrolment, which they use for classes, and have a dedicated recruitment process on completion.

Student, Tara Clifford, said: “It was good insight to find out about Soka Women’s College, and a good opportunity to learn about another culture. This adds to the knowledge I received visiting China and Dubai earlier this year as part of my course.”

Associate Professor, Kiyoko Kobayashi, said: “We were quite impressed how deeply your classes such as apprenticeship courses are related to jobs directly. We were [also] amazed to see your construction facilities and how carefully [you] guide students to their achievements.

“We enjoyed meeting with you and learning about the NVQ system at your college. We really appreciate the information you have given during our visit.”

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