How we spent August at The Global Student
Message from the Director
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.
Also this month we have had Natasha attend the IEAA Forum which she has combined with visit’s to our WA partner institutes, and provided the opportunities to interview interns and provide info sessions for students. It’s an exciting time in a small company when your staff can take over some of the responsibilities for marketing and program development. Natasha has her work cut out this summer with over 100 interns expected!
Meanwhile back in KL, Teena has been busy finalising the Deakin Enviro program to Borneo, which will be our 7th iteration of this program, the 6th in Sarawak. This is now our longest running program, working with the amazing Dr John White the entire time to provide these fantastic learning experiences year after year. This is a remarkable feat, with a wait list of students each year, and not one cent ever in government funding! Goes to show, when you build relationships in the destination site, you can prepare your students better for the experience, and develop a deep understanding of the local culture, creating valuable learning opportunities and unforgettable memories.
Also in planning are the four Global Education Practicum programs that will run from October to February across three states. In conjunction with the Malaysian Ministry of Educations plans for expanding the program, we will take the GEP to Kuching, Sarawak for the first time. As always, this collegial program involving 6 Victorian universities, offers a number of opportunities for pre-service teachers in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary settings. Both national and international schools are used, and a variety of EC providers in Sabah including an indigenous centre, and one program allows team teaching with local Malaysian PST’s from Taylors University.
In conjunction with our MABC Internship program (see below), we will be hosting a joint industry networking evening this week with the Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and the Malaysia Australia Alumni council, where a panel of guests will discuss the increasing engagement between education and industry, for work experience for teens, internships for uni students and mentoring for returning students. The messaging will also include the NCP and NZ PM’s scholarships as part of geo-political strategy and soft diplomacy. Later this week I will also be part of a panel in HCMC in an AustCham Vietnam forum on internships and industry engagement under the NCP. So industry is taking note people – send us your students 😊
So never a dull moment here at TGS, and while September is usually a bit quieter for us, there seems no sign of that on the horizon. I will be heading to Melbourne at the end of Sept and will of course be at AIEC where I am presenting and also contributing to a panel, so let me know if you would like to talk!
See you next month – Go Tigers 😊 !
MABC Internships - The best of Malaysia and Australia!
The Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC) has been the leading voice of Malaysian and Australian businesses since 1986. The private non-profit organisation provides a range of services to its over 700 members based in both Malaysia and Australia. Supported by its co-patrons, the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry and the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, the MABC supports member’s business interests through a full program of events and regular communication, and provides a comprehensive platform for both companies and individuals to successfully do business in Malaysia and Australia.
Amazing opportunites now exist for students to Intern in Malaysian companies with Austrlian ties! Disciplines are open and the possibilites endless!
Student Experience Survey
TGS is currently working with a colleague from Mahidol University on some initial research that will form the basis of something more in depth in 2019. We have developed a short survey that should take 5 mins to complete, and would be grateful if you could share this with those students who have completed an international experience of any kind. Deadline for responses is September 14. Thanks in advance!
NZIEC - Wellington
I spent last week in beautiful Wellington NZ for the International Education conference which is growing in numbers each year, and enjoys learning from their Aussie counterparts. One highlight was our very own Dr Shanton Chang's keynote on the Digital Journey of International students, an excellent insight into how universities could improve on their communications before during and after their study. For me it resonated also, in trying to understand how outbound students use technology and the impact of that on their engagement overseas. For TGS, the conference provided the opportunity to meet with one university we had already been in discussions with, and to meet with two further, that will enable us to welcome our first Kiwi's to KL next year, under the NZ Prime Ministers Scholarships to Asia grants. Exciting times!
TGS teams up with International SOS
The Global Student is pleased to announce our partnership with International SOS for student support and risk management in the provision of our programs and care for your students! This relationship will not only ensure peace of mind for TGS and the sending institute, but will ensure all students and staff have access to up to the minute information on potential safety or risk situations. Those universities already utilising the services of iSOS get a more integrated approach! Pictured here at the iSOS regional office with Mr David Ng, at the KL assistance centre, which is the regional hotspot for iSOS in the region.
APAIE 2019 KL - Call for papers
APAIE will be held in Kuala Lumpur next year, and we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit this amazing city, the softest landing into Asia and ASEAN you will find!
Look out for an opportunity to meet with The Global Student Team at a pre-conference networking, plus we are planning a joint Malaysia Australia Business Council - Australian High Commission event around internships and industry engagement in Malaysia!
Get your abstracts in before September 16!