Reversing the tide – Attracting western students to the Indo-Pacific 26 Mar 2019 14:00 15:00

Reversing the tide – Attracting western students to the Indo-Pacific 26 Mar 2019 14:00 15:00

Ms Alana Bird Presenter
Ms Bernadine Caruana Presenter
Ms Jan Drew Presenter
Professor Sharon Pickering Presenter


Reversing the tide – Attracting western students to the Indo-Pacific

Subtitle: Providing relevant programs and work-based learning experiences that allow Australian students from diverse backgrounds to form enduring links in the Indo-Pacific region The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is intended to be transformational, deepening Australia's relationships in the region, both at the individual level and through expanding university and private sector links. It contributes to a two-way flow of students between Australia and our region, complementing the thousands of students from the region coming to Australia to study each year. Discussion will highlight findings from a current five year evaluation which is looking specifically at what is a desirable level of student diversity in the program, and how the program can work towards achieving this (including for example Indigenous Australians, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and students with disability). The evaluation will assess how student mobility supported by NCP will shape young Australians’ understanding of their nation’s role in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as influencing Indo Pacific partners’ engagement and perceptions of Australia as a reliable partner and a nation of friendly and enterprising people. The session will also explore how the NCP is integrating work based learning opportunities through partnering with business chambers and professional organizations (Eg. Engineers Australia) and The role of third-party providers.

- Using mobility programs and work-based learning experiences to bring students from diverse backgrounds to the Indo-Pacific region.
- How to partner with business chambers and professional organizations to provide work based learning opportunities.
-The role of third-party providers in developing local partnerships for succesful mobility programs.



Ms Bernadine Caruana
Department of Education and Training
Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur

Bernadine represents Australia’s interests in education and science relationships with Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. She has worked across a number of Australian Government agencies and not-for profit organisations in the business, education, science, research and aid areas. She holds a BEcon (Hons) and GradCert in Management.

Ms Jan Drew
The Global Student

Jan is Director of The Global Student and Executive Board Member and Chair of Education and Training Sub-Committee, Malaysia Australia Business Council. She has extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the Australian higher education sector, and a deep understanding of SE Asian culture, markets and industry.

Professor Sharon Pickering 
Professor of Criminology and Dean of Arts,
Monash University,

Sharon Pickering researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon is the Founder and Director of the Border Crossing Observatory – an innovative virtual research centre that produces high quality and independent research on border crossings. She has authored 14 books and over 60 journal articles and book chapters.

Professor Pickering  currently serves on the ARC College, and also leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She won the Australian Human Rights Award in 2012 for print and online media on human rights and asylum.    

Ms Alana Bird
2018 New Colombo Plan Scholar and Final Year Student,
Bachelor of International Studies/Commerce,
Deakin University, Australia

Passionate about facilitating cultural understanding of the Indo-Pacific, through international education opportunities, Alana has completed an exchange semester studying ASEAN politics and economics at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, a short-term mobility program on leadership and cultural development at Mahidol University, Bangkok and was a youth delegate to the 11th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Dialogue.  Alana is currently interning with the education section at the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur.

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