The trend toward international study experiences has caught on in recent years, and Australian universities are keen to provide students with opportunities abroad. The recently established Monash Global Discovery Program is another welcome initiative, receiving 400 applications from students eager to represent the university. This week, Monash University highlighted eight bright students who have been chosen as ambassadors for a trip to New York.
The Global Discovery Program is the brainchild of US representatives of the Monash Global Leaders Network, a collective of alumni in many countries around the world. The network is an initiative of the External Relations, Development and Alumni (ERDA) division of Monash University. Inspiration for the New York experience was motivated by Monash graduate Sue Fennessy, who visited New York as a first-year student, and is eager to provide students with a similar empowering experience.
Modern communications systems have enhanced our capacity for networking and collaboration; a scenario that fits perfectly with the needs of students and alumni in the global marketplace, and one that Monash University is actively encouraging. According to Department of Education statistics, there were 29,487 Australians studying abroad in 2013, while Australia hosted 247,093 international students. Many students will disperse across the globe for employment or further tertiary involvement, providing boundless opportunities for networking. International students both to and from Australia can be seen as a long-term investment for collaborations with Australian initiatives.
Global Discovery Program students will have a full immersion experience during their eight days in New York. Program highlights penciled in thus far include:
- Meet the policy makers at the United Nations
- See the latest genetics research at New York University
- Visit 30 Rock and NBC
- Watch global news in the making at Bloomberg
- Lunch with an Advertising Executive
- Dine with the Monash University Vice-Chancellor and influential US-based alumni
The eight students selected for the New York experience were chosen from a short-listed group of interviewees. The process involved submission of a video no longer than 30 seconds in response to the question “how you would make the world a better place?” Applications were accepted from all Monash students, reflected in the diverse study backgrounds of the winners.
Executive Director of ERDA, Damien Farrel, is enthused “to see so many students make the connection between their student experience and the benefit their Monash education could have on others and their communities.”
It’s hoped the Global Discovery Program visit to New York will become the pilot program for similar Monash University student experiences in other locations around the world.