At TGS , the end of March signals the end of the year, not only in financial terms, but in the completion of all programs, including debriefs and evaluations, so that we can begin again on Monday 1 April! As I prepare to head home for the various mobility fairs and meetings with partners, information sessions for new programs, and just some casual catch ups with old friends and colleagues, I have been reflecting on yet another year of growth, not only in programs or numbers of students, but in what we all learn each time we develop and deliver a program. These programs teach everyone something, not just the students, but the academics supporting them, the professional staff who prepare them, and the team at TGS who are constantly reviewing and adaptingRead More
Thank god it’s March! Not only does it mean that our students have all returned to from wherever they came, but we now have a slight respite for a couple of weeks. By the time many of you read this I will be on my annual beach holiday, this year in Bali 😊Read More
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