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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
And so it is Christmas…And another year almost over!
This year we will have twenty students (UniMelb and Deakin engineering, and another Deakin business student) undertaking their internships over the Christmas period, all excited at their first Christmas away from home. If you are planning programs over summer, don’t think that students won’t want to be away from family at that time. For many, while it might be a bit of a challenge on the day, most are excited at the prospect of what it might feel like, and to see how they will cope – another challenge and learning experience! TGS provides a group Christmas dinner, but most will use the public holidays to do some travelling within Malaysia.Read More
Message from the Director
November. What can I say? Is it really 12 months since our last Deakin Enviro Study Your, which usually marks the beginning of our summer programs? Yes, another year has sped by and we have welcomed Dr John White and his adventurous crew once again, as they explore the wilds of Malaysian Borneo, seeking understanding of conservation and environmental sustainability in a region full of oil palm, logging of forests and building of mega dams! Through engagement with National Parks programs and indigenous tribes, they will gain an understanding of the fragility of the eco-system and the need for a balance in human-wildlife interaction.Read More
This month’s message is being written above the clouds en-route between Sydney and KL, after 3 long and busy weeks in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. After a quick visit with family I spent three fruitful days at the AIEC Conference where a combination of sessions and meetings brought new ideas, fresh energy and motivation, and most importantly, new opportunities for 2018 and beyond. One session of interest was the RMIT virtual international internships poster session, a program that provides an experience for students that is possibly more reflective of a real life cross–cultural working scenario ie working remotely in teams.Read More
As 2017 draws to an end, we are busy preparing to welcome our interns from Australian universities arriving to undertake an immersive experience in a variety of companies and industries over the Australian summer break. These students are investing in themselves in order to add to their university studies and prepare for their entry into the workforce. We thank all our amazing hosts who put up their hands to provide a life-changing experience for these young students.Read More
What a crazy month, with only one full working week due to the multitude of Malaysian public holidays! Ongoing technical issues have resulted in a complete migration of our website and email to a new host, causing disruption again to our communication systems, and a lot of stress and frustration. I did manage a short break which helped to distance myself from the mayhem for a couple of days, in preparation for my trip back home and to the AIEC conference. I hope to see many of you there.Read More
What a month we had in August. Despite having no programs running in KL, we managed to keep ourselves busy with a trip to Brisbane to attend the IEAA Forum and meet with partner CIS Australia – the first time for the staff from each company to actually meet face to face! The week provided an opportunity for the TGS team to meet many of the people who have only been email addresses, and to gain a better understanding of student mobility and the entire process in sending students abroad. The Forum also provided some wonderful insights into new initiatives on employability of graduates, including the UQ “SEAL” approach to employability.Read More