October News from the Global Student

October News from the Global Student

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.

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September News from The Global Student

September News from The Global Student

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 😊

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August News from The Global Student

August News from The Global Student

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.

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July News from The Global Student

July News from The Global Student

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.

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May 2018 at The Global Student

May 2018 at The Global Student

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.

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April 2018 at The Global Student

April 2018 at The Global Student

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.

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March 2018 at The Global Student

March 2018 at The Global Student

Good grief. The end of March, officially end of the TGS year, and the first quarter down. This month's message comes to you from the APAIE Conference in Singapore, where I presented with my colleague from Bangkok University on Empowering Future Graduates in the context of Thailand Education 4.0. It was wonderful to catch up with former colleagues including my favourite Malaysian, Wei, who was my first staff member when I arrived in KL, and to connect with current and potential partners as we finalise existing programs and hatch new ones for NCP bids.

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February 2018 at The Global Student

February 2018 at The Global Student

February slipped by in a blur of program farewells, Chinese New Year celebrations, and a lot of preparation for 2018 programs. We have had an amazing bunch of interns and program participants this summer, many of whom will make great ambassadors for future programs. I was fortunate to sit in on some final presentations and was very impressed with the maturity of the reflections on learning of some, however some still struggle with the transition from student to intern. As always, we learn a lot from our debriefings, and looking for ways to improve service delivery, and more efficiency in communication.

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January 2018 at The Global Student

January 2018 at The Global Student

Message from the Director

A busy January makes an enjoyable Christmas at home in Australia seem like a lifetime ago! Engineering Interns from Deakin and University of Melbourne completed fruitful placements (Uni Melb are in their last fortnight), as well as our current crop of Accounting Interns from La Trobe Uni.

The Global Education Practicum of pre-service teachers underwent a major expansion this time round with groups in Kota Kinabalu and Bangkok, as well as Kuala Lumpur. This program really is a testament to the collegiality of the staff from Universities involved and continues to go from strength to strength, especially after securing its future as a consortium through the New Colombo Plan.

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