Message from the Director
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 adapting.
We are also very fortunate to have some fantastic supporters, who not only have provided valuable testimonials for TPP applications, (and our website), but have recommended to people that they should consider TGS for their off-shore mobility. In the past month I have been overwhelmed from a lovely reference letter from a long standing program partner, a personal note from a student who really understood why she was here, the opportunities provided and what she was learning, and by the people who sought me out for meetings at APAIE on the recommendations of others. These small acknowledgements help to keep us on track, and remind us why we do what we do, often in spite of challenges and stresses.
And to end the year showcasing our home town to APAIE delegates was the best finale. We began the week with a pre-conference networking for Australian partners, most of whom made their way despite the tropical thunderstorm that welcomed them to the city, cleansing the haze that had prevailed in the preceding week. Our event allowed attendees to meet the local partners who support us in providing the programs in KL. The conference itself was wall to wall meetings, other than the two presentations I engaged in led by Bernie Caruana from the Aussie High Comm and Shanton Chang from UniMelb.
Now to pack, and head home for two more weeks of meetings and info sessions, followed by some down time with family over Easter. As usual, the girls will hold the fort (Teena, Jeanna and Panchali), and if you would like to get in touch, my local number in Australia is 0417594713.
See you in April, Australia
Coffee with Jan and/or Natasha!
Still a few spots left in the calendar for the next couple of weeks, outside of mobility fairs!
Melbourne – April 2-5 Jan and Natasha
Sydney – April 8-10 Natasha
Melbourne – April 9 Jan
Brisbane – April 10-12 Jan
Hobart – April 10 Natasha
APAIE 2019 - The Wash Up!
The conference provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase Malaysian Hospitality and culture, and for delegates to see first-hand what an amazing city, and study destination, Kuala Lumpur is. Delegates were honoured to have the conference opened by the Parmaisuri of Johor, Raja Zarith Sofiah, Queen consort of the Sultan, and the Minister for Education YB Mazlee Malik, providing the address at the Annual Gala dinner, while The Global Leadership League event was privileged to welcome the Director General of Higher Education Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah.
The largest number of delegates at an APAIE conference (2500+) enjoyed facilities at the world class KL Convention Centre that allowed seamless movement between exhibition hall and presentation sessions, excellent catering, and numerous spaces for networking, including the Austrade sponsored Innovation Space! It was pleasing to witness so many Aussie delegates taking advantage of the proximity of Malaysia to attend the conference, and to enjoy the pleasures of dining and shopping, not to mention the amazing views of the city surrounding our magnificent twin towers.
Looking forward to meeting again in the equally beautiful city of Vancouver.
2020 NCP grants applications now open
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The 2020 Round of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program opens on 19 March 2019 and closes at 11.30pm AEST on 16 May 2019.
TGS Malaysian internships
With over 65 students undertaking internships in Malaysia this year, and set to grow next summer, listen to why students are spreading the message about interning in this amazing city!
NAFSA May 26-31 Washington, DC
Global Internship Conference July 2-5 Auckland
NZIEC August 7 -9 , Auckland
EAIE September 24-27, Helsinki
AIEC October 15-19, Perth