It's too late for a Happy New Year, but we can say – Gong Xi Fa Cai! – as next week we celebrate Chinese New Year. This provides a rather long break for some of our interns, who can not only experience the cultural festivities, but can take the opportunity to do some local travel.Read More
Short and sweet this month, as we farewell our first groups of pre-Xmas interns, and ready ourselves for a deluge of programs beginning January 2!
We are frantically trying to complete all task so we can down tools for a few days between Xmas and New Year, and enjoy a short break, although we are still providing emergency support for those students remaining in KL.
This week we will have a Christmas-themed farewell for our departing interns, and a Christmas dinner for those remaining in KL over the break, and while I sadly won't get home this year, I will be enjoying a lovely lunch with Aussie Visitors to KL.Read More
Good grief - where did November go! Well, at TGS we have barely had time to scratch ourselves with the first of our amazing interns arriving and keeping us busy. As I write, our Deakin Communications and International Studies students are halfway through their 8 week internships. We have also welcomed 5 students from Coventry University, fresh after a semester exchange at Deakin, and in the past week our engineers from both Unimelb and Deakin have landed, together with a few assorted interns from our partners International Internships and CIS Australia. Oh, I also nearly forgot our Latrobe pre-service teachers who spent a month at Taylors International School under the Global Education Practicum program, and have just left us.Read More
It was lovely to spend the first week of October at home with family in the welcoming weather of Warrnambool, before I headed to Melbourne for meetings, and then on to Sydney, where the weather was less than welcoming for the duration of the AIEC conference! None the less, it was as usual lovely to once again connect and re-connect, to learn from colleagues, to plan new projects and to just have fun.Read More
Well a disappointing end to my season with my beloved Tigers falling short of the big game – I hope I didn’t jinx them in making preparations to return home in time for the GF! Will be licking my wounds and catching up on sleep in Warrnambool next week, and then heading up to AIEC in Sydney the following week, so hope to catch up with many people there. I will be on a panel with my overseas based colleagues – Nigel Cossar, Douglas Proctor and Jogvan Klein - as we discuss taking our careers off-shore and contributing to the international education industry off-shore. I will also be presenting in another session “Partnerships, placements and community impact in learning abroad” – both of these are Friday morning, so keep yourselves nice at the Gala Dinner please so you won’t miss these enthralling sessions 😊Read More
This month I attended the NZIEC conference in Wellington NZ, and nearly froze in the Melbourne-like weather! Also, living in the tropics means I have little warm clothing here, as I keep it in Melbourne for use upon arrival there, which meant my first task upon landing was purchasing some items to ensure I survived the rather cool conditions. Fortunately the weather did improve and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend exploring the beautiful city before returning to the KL heat. The conference itself was quite good, with a diversity of sectors and topics included, and provided the opportunity to learn more about the NZ HE sector and meet with universities and staff from Education New Zealand to plan their foray in Malaysia.Read More
As we take a slight breather following the end of our mid-year programs, we are already in planning and preparation for the year end programs. Natasha has begun the process of skyping with and host-matching more than a hundred students, Teena is confirming details of the study tours and multiple GEP programs, while Jeanna and I are working on the new business development, administrative processes and procedures, and more of the marketing, as Alicia has taken a paid role with AFL Victoria in the south west of the state.Read More
And here we are, halfway through the year already! Good grief, will there ever be enough time to do everything? All those students who think 6 weeks is a long time need to step into my shoes for a week and see how fast time slips by 😊Read More
So nice to spend an entire month sleeping in my own bed – no travel for me at all! Instead we have been very busy gearing up for mid-year programs, and welcoming our first program for the year – the Global Education Practicum for Early Childhood Education, with RMIT in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. By the time this goes to press, the students will have completed their program and will be headed home, although a few are dropping by KL for a few days. Programs are beginning to move outside of our regular two “seasons” of global mobility, as universities are becoming more flexible around their own program delivery.Read More
How can it be the end of April already? It is nice to finally be home in KL after a whirlwind 3 weeks in Australia, where the weather was more than kind, making it a little hard to leave. Natasha and Alicia took the lead on the mobility fairs and info sessions for partners in Melbourne, providing them the opportunity to meet with those staff they have only known online, and to come face to face with the students preparing to join us in SE Asia on various programs. Having Alicia onshore opens up opportunities to work more closely with partners in providing info sessions for students considering an off-shore internship, which has resulted in increased applications across a range of programs.Read More