Message from the Director
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.
I was also fortunate to join the Victorian Government Business Office on a ministerial visit to Yangon, Myanmar and Bangkok, Thailand, where Minister Dalidakis hosted Victorian Connection alumni events with AustCham in each city. The trip was the result of preliminary work undertaken by the VGBO on recent visits, where keen interest has been expressed in mobility opportunities in the form of volunteer/CSR programs and internships with the local chambers. I also reconnected with Bangkok and Mahidol universities who are keen to increase mobility opportunities with Australian Universities.
Returning to Bangkok University was something of an emotional experience also, given it was the site of where my own story in international education all began. I had been thinking about it quite a lot following the wonderful session at IEAA from Erin Watson-Lynn, whose story of the pathway from internship to Director of Asialink, of the chance discussions along the way, was one every student needs to hear. And those of us with similar stories need to get them out there. I will expand upon this in the coming months on the new blogsite on the revamped website. If you haven’t seen it yet – check it out below.
Sadly I will not be attending the EAIE Conference in Seville, but with so much going on in Asia, including the news of successful bids for the NCP grants. I have a lot to consolidate. I will however attend AIEC in Hobart in October, and look forward to catching up with some of you there!
Our Website has been going an update over the last few weeks and can now all can be revealed! Check out our new programs, but be sure to keep checking back as we add the finishing touches!
New Internship hosts!
TGS now has a quarterly newsletter for potential hosts, and since the last mail out, we have been receiving emails from potential hosts almost daily – many referrals from current hosts. With so many big brands expressing interest in hosting – Air Asia, Siemens, Maxis Communications and Malindo Air – together with Malaysian Govt departments and GLCS – SPAD (Land Public Transport), Permandu (Economic Transformation Program) and MYHSR Corp (the new high speed rail project between KL and SG), it is an exciting time to consider an internship in KL. Although students need to understand, the larger and more high profile the company, the longer the internship, so they cannot expect an internship for 4 or 6 weeks at these big “brands”. Most state a minimum duration of 3 months which fits the 90 day visa free period for Aussies in KL, while some might be flexible and take 8 weeks at a minimum. Check out the updated host listing when you check out our website with many more hosts to be added shortly.
Our new Blog!
The Global Student is a story is in itself. Read about Jan's personal journey from exchange student to business owner here
First Stop - Bangkok 1995
New Programs in Vietnam!
We have now reached an agreement with our partners in Vietnam to increase our offerings and begin to host Internships in a range of Industries in Ho Chi Min, Da Nang and Hanoi!
We will be providing opportunities in Communications, Tourism and our famous team Internships!
We don't want to give ourselves away, but we are also currently working on projects elsewhere in the region for 2018!!
PACE International - Working on Native Land Rights
In what could be one of the more rewarding programs of 2017, 8 Law students from Macquarie have recently returned to city life after a 4 week placement in Sabah working with the PACOS trust to compile reports on Indigenous Land rights.
The group lived in local villages and assimilated into rural village life, enabling them to gain a full understanding of the issue and its importance to the local villagers.
In their final week they even got to attend a court session where some of their work was reported! A truly rewarding and memorable experience for a very special group of students.
Gateway to Asean Business through Malaysia - 4 Week Intensive
We have teamed up with Taylor's Uni to offer Summer intensive programs! Join students from across the globe, study and live on campus be immersed in student life, live like a local!
Programs include cultural days and orientations, language courses, 24 care provided by TGS and homestay programs.
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EAIE September 12-15 Seville, Spain
Changing Places Prato September 14&15
AIEC- October 10-13- Hobart, Australia (pictured)
QS Summer School Summit December 10-12 Johannesburg, South Africa