UNBC and a Maori university in New Zealand have begun a student exchange funded through the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program.
The Cross Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange will see students from UNBC go to Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in New Zealand, while Maori students will study at UNBC.
Ross Hoffman is the program chair of UNBC’s First Nation Studies. He says UNBC students can learn much from the Maori experience in New Zealand.
He says the knowledge UNBC students gain studying in New Zealand will be valuable once back home.
Maori students can also gain much from studying in BC.
The scholarship is funded from a variety of public and private sources to foster cross-cultural exchange between Commonwealth countries.
Hoffman says the UNBC program is unique because of it’s focus on indigenous cultures.
As for the name of the university, Hoffman attempts a pronunciation.
Aboriginal students in the First Nations Studies program will be given first priority, then it’ll be open to all students in the department.