The Government’s global student mobility programme will prepare our graduates for living and working across the globe. Students will increase collaboration between Australian and overseas institutions and give themselves an edge in their future careers.
Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP stated, “The Australian Government funding will provide learning opportunities for students to get international experience and form networks around the globe”. This is reflected with the announcement of $16.5 million to be shared amongst 5000 students who will complete part of their tertiary course offshore.
This grant complements the Government’s overall policy to foster deeper relationships with the Asia-Pacific, including $100 million over four years for the New Colombo Plan.
International educational placement will have students studying in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. A variety of activities will be made available for students which currently includes:
- Living as an intern and experiencing the United States House of Representatives or Senate political life in America
- Living and working in Vietnam with occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology patients
- Immersing themselves in one of Indonesia’s most prestigious rehabilitation and rescue centres for rescued orang-utans to develop their veterinary skills
A six week community development research project in Phnom Penh will become home to a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as they gain authentic experience running a successful not-for-profit organisation
The student mobility programmes include the:
• International Student Exchange Program
• Study Overseas Short-Term Mobility Program
• Vocational Education and Training Outbound Mobility Program
• AsiaBound Program
The student mobility programmes feature key partnerships with the private sector via the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program which supports student exchange between Australia and Asia and is funded by the Australian Government and the Cheung Kong Group.
Growth in international student enrolments in Australia has increased by more than 10 per cent in early 2014 when compared with the same period in 2013. Our new student exchange programmes provide the complementary balance to that and ensure our students are experiencing the many benefits of global education just as our international neighbours do when they choose to study here.