International learning at Murdoch

June 19, 2017

Dr Liselotte Pannier (left) with some of the Murdoch students heading to China

Murdoch students will enhance their learning experiences by travelling to six countries within the Indo-Pacific region over the next 12 months.

Overseas study opportunities will be offered to 124 Murdoch students through the Australian Government’s, federally-funded New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility program.

The NCP aims to improve relationships within the region by providing Australian undergraduates the opportunity to study and undertake internships in the region.

Murdoch University Deputy Vice Chancellor- International, Professor Lyn Karstadt said the NCP enabled students to gain experience in different contexts and societies, which would improve their employability.

“Employability is recognised as one of the pinnacles of a university education,” Professor Karstadt said.

“The study programs, practicums in research and skill acquisition offered through outward mobility programs make our students more employable in the future.”

In July, Dr Liselotte Pannier from Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences will chaperone 15 Animal Health and Animal Science students during a two-week agricultural study in China.

Dr Pannier said the program was a great opportunity for Murdoch students to benefits from the international learning experience.

“I sincerely hope our students take advantage of the international relationships and valuable connections fostered through the NCP program to build their future careers,” she said.

Lynda Worthaisong, New Colombo Plan Secretariat head in Canberra said experiences offered through the Plan provided a unique element to an Australian undergraduate degree, with many students describing their experience as ‘life-changing’.

“These programs open peoples’ eyes to enormous opportunities and new experiences,” Mrs Worthaisong said.

“Students will be confronted and challenged throughout the program, but that is all part of the learning experience. Having this dimension as part of their degree is important for students of today, for they are the future workforce of Australia.”

The New Colombo Plan offers scholarships every year, alongside numerous grants for short-term programs to the Asia-Pacific Region. The 2018 scholarships round is currently open and closes on 25 July 2017.

If students would like further information, please contact Jeannette Geesmann, Student Mobility Officer (Outbound) at j.geesmann@murdoch.edu.au or 08 9360 7836 or visit this website.

The two-week agricultural study tour to China is funded by Murdoch University, the NCP Mobility Program and the Government of West Australia’s Science and Agribusiness Connect Tertiary Program.

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Comments (2 responses)

ANDREW TAGGART June 20, 2017

These programs are life changing; long may they grow and continue.

Thanks to the academic and professional staff who have the passion to lead the NCP applications.

Service Hunter June 22, 2017

"Lynda Worthaisong, New Colombo Plan Secretariat head in Canberra said experiences offered through the Plan provided a unique element to an Australian undergraduate degree, with many students describing their experience as ‘life-changing’."

Thanks Lynda, it's awesome!

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