$16.5 million to help 5000 Australians study overseas
- Minister for Education
- Leader of the House
More than 5000 Australian tertiary students will share in $16.5 million in Australian Government grants to study overseas and prepare for life and work in a global environment.
Under the Government’s global student mobility programmes, students will receive up to $5000 to allow them to undertake part of their Australian course of study overseas.
Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said international education placements will give Australian students an edge in their future careers and increase collaboration between Australian and overseas institutions.
“The Government is focused on ensuring Australia is an outward-looking nation, fully engaged internationally and our students have the best opportunities available to them,” Mr Pyne said.
“This Australian Government funding will provide learning opportunities for students to get international experience and form networks around the globe.”
Mr Pyne said this funding complements the $100 million over four years for the New Colombo Plan, which is another integral part of the Government’s policy to foster deeper relationships with the Asia-Pacific.
Students embarking on an international education placement have the chance to study in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, and can undertake a range of activities including:
- experiencing political life in America as an intern in the United States House of Representatives or Senate;
- working with occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology patients in Vietnam;
- developing their veterinary nursing skills by caring for rescued orang-utans in one of Indonesia’s most prestigious rehabilitation and rescue centres.
A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will also get the chance to travel to Phnom Penh to take part in a six week community development research project, gaining first-hand experience of running a successful not-for-profit organisation.
The student mobility programmes encompass the International Student Exchange Program, the Study Overseas Short-Term Mobility Program, the Vocational Education and Training Outbound Mobility Program and the AsiaBound Program.
The programmes also feature a strong partnership with the private sector through the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Cheung Kong Group, to support student exchange between Australia and Asia.
Overseas study opportunities for Australian students complement the growth in international student enrolments in Australia, which grew by more than 10 percent in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period in 2013.