How we spent July at The Global Student
Message from the Director
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.
We are also preparing for some year-end travel, with Natasha attending the IEAA forum in Perth, Teena volunteering for a week with our partners Volunteer Vietnam in a Deakin program in November, and me heading down to the New Zealand International Education conference in Wellington in August following some positive developments with internships into KL with the NZ Chamber of Commerce under the PM’s scholarships, and then also onto AIEC in Sydney.
Just last week we completed delivery of two workshops in KL and Kuching for the Australian High Commission around student mobility and industry engagement under the NCP. This combined with me being elected to the executive of the Malaysia Australia Business Council, where I also chair the Education and Training sub-committee, has kept us very busy indeed.
The team are very excited to attend the 20th anniversary celebrations at Monash Malaysia next week, which will involve a campus tour of the amazing facilities they have built out at Sunway, and which happens to coincide with a visit from the Foreign Minister, the Hon. Ms Julie Bishop who will give an address to those attending.
So we bid farewell to July and look forward to a crazy August that will keep us all on our toes!
Ps - Go Tiges!
Australian High Commission - NCP Workshops
Last week The Globoal Student was pleased to team up with DFAT and DET at the Australian High Commission Malaysia to deliver two workshops to higher education and industry colleagues aimed at improved engagement under the New Colombo Plan. Guest speakers included President of the IEAA, Prof Chris Ziguris, Ms Jo Cowley from the NCP secretariat in Canberra, and representatives from the Malaysian Govt and local universities. The sessions were designed to understand challenges and barriers that may hinder partnerships, including govt regulations, communications with potential Australian partners and of course university resourcing. The programs provided opportunity for valuable networking and discussion between interested parties which will no doubt only increase opportunities available in Malaysia.
Inaugural public address by Australia's new High Commissioner to Malaysia
In June and July, members of the business community in Kuala Lumpur were fortunate to hear from His Excellency (HE) Mr Andrew Goledzinowski AM, Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, in his Foreign Policy White Paper Speech “Australia in a Changing Geostrategic Environment”.
The High Commissioner opened his address with the following:
I’m thinking about a country and I want you to guess which country. It’s a middle power, multiracial, in the Indo-Pacific, open trading borders, constitutional democracy, monarchy, Westminster parliamentary system, common law, British military influence and traditions. Any ideas?
TGS teams up with UPenn!
We are very excited to announce that next year we will be hosting our first students from the University of Pennsylvania. Erica Sebastian visited KL on a scoping visit where she met with potential hosts, visited student accommodation and met with MACEE, the US education council that can provide support and engagement for US students. She is pictured above with Dobby from Suaram, a Human Rights group, and one of the many NGO's in KL that love to host foreign interns. While at times emotionally confronting, Internships at NGO's are often extremely rewarding for students as they get to work on the front line, become fully engaged with the organisation and its staff, and obtain tremendous satisfaction from being able to contribute to something worthwhile.
Mid Year period done and dusted!
This mid year break we had a very diverse bunch, with students from four Universities represented. Deakin Volunteer Vietnam students came from a range of disciplines to spend three weeks assisting adults and children with disabilities in Da Nang. Monash and La Trobe pre-service teachers teamed up for the latest round of the Global Education Practicum, completing their teaching rounds in local Malaysian schools. While Criminal Justice students from RMIT came and saw first hand how the recent change of government, the first in 60 years is heralding the dawn of a 'New Malaysia'!
IEAA August 23-24, Perth
EAIE September11-14, Geneva
AIEC October 9-12 Sydney
ISANA - December 4-7 Sydney