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University of Melbourne congratulates staff recognised by the 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes – also known as the ‘Oscars of Australian Science’- awarded to researchers, leaders and communicators breaking new ground in their fields and inspiring those around them to follow suit.
Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks … funding for short-term overseas studies.
More than 120 Charles Darwin University students will receive funding to visit and study in Southeast Asia, following the announcement today of the latest round of New Colombo Plan Mobility grants.
Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the Australian Government had offered $455,000 for six student mobility projects over the next three years.
“Some 57 of our students will be the beneficiaries of the funding next year, allowing them to undertake short-term projects in law, engineering, the environment and humanitarian studies in Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines and India,” Professor Maddocks said.
Even greater numbers of students will be able to participate in the ensuing two years of the program. “The grants will allow students to broaden their appreciation of our immediate region, to deepen Australia’s relationships in the region, and to develop their skills and knowledge,” Professor Maddocks said.
Furthermore, Charles Darwin University has won an additional $50,000 grant that will allow 10 students to undertake language studies in Indonesia next year. This funding comes via the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies of which CDU is a member.
This is the third consecutive year that Charles Darwin University has placed successful applications for New Colombo Plan funding, having received $212,000 in 2014 and $153,000 last year.
The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government initiative to deepen Australia’s relationships in the Indo Pacific by supporting thousands of undergraduates to study in the region.
Victoria University today launched a dynamic program of events for 2016 to celebrate its 100 years as an education provider in Melbourne’s west.
Minister for Education and Training, The Hon Christopher Pyne officially launched VU’s centenary celebrations to an impassioned audience that included alumni from the 1938-39 class of the original Footscray Technical School.
VU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said the University has the same commitment today that its founding institute had a century ago.
“100 years ago the Footscray Technical School took up the challenge to offer education opportunities to diverse communities in Melbourne’s west,” Professor Dawkins said.
“Today, we continue to rise to new challenges to support skills and job growth, and improve access to education across Melbourne and the western region.
“We’ve become one of the longest-standing providers of education in Victoria, proving that we are able to adapt to different eras and prepare our students for changing industry needs—and we’re committed to continuing this achievement for our next exciting period,” he said.
VU’s centenary milestone reflects the far-sighted vision of Footscray Technical School Principal, Arch Hoadley, who first opened his school’s doors in February 1916 to offer western suburbs students a well-rounded education that would serve them for life.
“Just as our heartland of Melbourne’s west continues its remarkable transformation from a former industrial base to a creative, vibrant and uniquely connected region, VU is proud to continue to support a stronger, smarter community through the power of education,” Professor Dawkins said.
The centenary program’s colourful calendar of events, activities and projects will be spread across all VU campuses and their neighbourhoods throughout 2016 for students, alumni, staff, industry partners, and the wider VU community both locally and around the world.
The centenary program was launched at Footscray Nicholson Campus to coincide with the time and place that Footscray Technical School laid its foundation stone in August 1915.
The ceremony included a concert by the Choir of Hope and Inspiration led by Dr Jonathan Welch AM, who will direct a new VU choir, the Choir of Opportunity, to perform at VU events in 2016.
For more information visit the Victoria University Centenary website.
85 VU Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education students will compete in the 24-hour Victorian Rogaining Championships event in the Kara Kara National Park this weekend.
Rogaining (rugged outdoor group activity involving navigation and endurance) is an adventure sport that originated in Australia. Although little-known, the sport has been played since 1976. It tests navigational skills, fitness, endurance, decision-making and teamwork.
Matthew Cox, lecturer in the College of Sport and Exercise Science, said rogaining is embedded into coursework units for the students and offers a way of consolidating their theoretical understanding of topographical relationships and field preparedness through practical experience.
Conducted across 180 square kilometres of bushland north of Avoca, the rogainer teams will travel on foot, navigating by map and compass to locate checkpoints to accrue points in an allocated time.
In 2014, VU students won: