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April 9, 2013

AIM Overseas has analysed the recently released AsiaBound Grant Program Guidelines - there is a written analysis as well as a video analysis. Both can be found below. Media enquiries can be directed to: Rob Malicki, Director (02 9975 7792) ...

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April 3, 2013

Red tape hinders Asia exchange plan by: Bernard Lane From: The Australian March 27, 2013 THE Coalition's soft diplomacy plan to send thousands of young Australians to universities in Asia may face "diabolical" problems of accreditation, a policy roundtable has been told. Regulation, the weakness of languages education, and student motivation were among the challenges cited by the 140 leaders in higher education and business at last Friday's meeting staged by the Liberal Party think tank the Menzies Research Centre. One university executive spoke of the concern of Chinese partners as Australia's regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, asked about the qualifications of Chinese teaching staff. "This kind of bureaucratic interference will turn off our partners all around the world and put a big obstacle in the way of this (new Colombo) program," another higher education figure said. Others said accreditation problems could be "diabolical" and would n ...

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March 18, 2013

Bernard Lane From: The Australian March 18, 2013 12:00AM This article appears online at The Australian - subscribe for leading commentary on Higher Education.   A NET increase in study travel this year seems unlikely because universities have been given little time to prepare for the new AsiaBound scholarship scheme, according to outward mobility expert Rob Malicki. Guidelines for the $37 million AsiaBound scheme are yet to be finalised although the government expects universities to apply early next month with a mid-May closing date. "I feel that many universities are going to struggle with this timeline," said Mr Malicki, author of a government-funded report on best practice in outward mobility. He said well organised and resourced universities should be able to "plug in" study travel programs already under development. "The government should manage to give away the money, but I don't think we're going to see an immediate big jump in numbers - this ...

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February 27, 2013

Bernard LaneFrom: The AustralianFebruary 27, 2013   AUSTRALIAN students could be on campus at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta next year as the federal Coalition road-tests its Colombo Plan scholarships. Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop said the Coalition, if elected, would trial its student mobility plan in Indonesia and one other country, possibly Hong Kong, in the first 12 months of government. A variation on the post-war Colombo Plan that brought Asian students to Australia, the Coalition policy is to make a period of study and internship in the Asia-Pacific region a normal part of undergraduate life, thereby spinning a web of personal ties. Details of funding are yet to be released but Ms Bishop said she wanted the scholarships to become "a rite of passage", meaning that student numbers would have to be "in the thousands". How long they stayed would depend on circumstances but her "strong preference" was for students to spend at least one semester o ...

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February 25, 2013

Rob Malicki, From: The Australian, February 25, 2013 I READ with interest John Ross's article "Expanded OS-HELP 'Remains Restricted'" (The Australian, Feb 16th). OS-HELP is a fee-free, interest-free, HECS-based loan to university students provided in order to help them study overseas. Students can borrow over $6000 to fund their experience, which they later pay back as part of their HECS debt. For a huge number of students this is the difference between being able to study overseas for part of their degree, for example on student exchange or a short term program, or not. The article discusses ACPET's entirely reasonable submission to the federal government that the OS-HELP scheme should be expanded to VET-level students. However, what is omitted is a little history and a few key facts. OS-HELP has been in place for a little shy of a decade and was the seemingly magical confluence of industry lobbying, willing politicians, creative bureaucrats, good timing and yes, even gov ...

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February 8, 2013

THE AUSTRALIAN BERNARD LANE, IN YOGYAKARTA February 08, 2013 4:30AMA PROMISE to send thousands more young Australians into Asia on study tours is in doubt after a decision to ignore a model the government itself declares a success. In the Asian Century white paper the government promised a "significant boost" in the number of university students opting for Asia, rather than traditional exchange destinations in Europe and the US. And the paper singled out as a "successful model" the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies, a university collaboration set up in part to handle Indonesia's difficult visa process. For foreign affairs ministers, Kevin Rudd and Bob Carr included, photo opportunities with young ACICIS students in Indonesia have become a rite of passage. But specialist university consortiums such as ACICIS and private firms with experience in what is known as student mobility, will be excluded from the government's new $37m AsiaBound grant scheme ...

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