Issue 5

Study Canberra Newsletter Issue 5

Study Canberra 2017 Scholarships

Since 2015 Study Canberra has been working in partnership with local institutions and the private sector to deliver a range of scholarships for high-calibre students and professionals.

In mid-2015 Study Canberra partnered with the Australian National University (ANU) to create a jointly funded ANU-Study Canberra India scholarship program, the first such scholarship program for coursework students in Australia between a State/Territory Government and a university. Ten recipients were announced at the Study Canberra Student Welcome in March 2016, with each scholarships valued at $10,000.

The success of the ANU scholarship led to an expansion of the program to include a scholarship agreement with University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra for international PhD students in 2016.

Study Canberra is pleased to confirm the scholarship partnerships with the ANU and UNSW Canberra have been renewed for 2017. The ANU program will focus on the emerging market of India, and is also open to Indonesian students for the first time. UNSW Canberra scholarships will also be offered to Indian students, with a particular focus on those looking to commence their PhD in Canberra.

Study Canberra is also delighted to announce the inaugural University of Canberra – Study Canberra partnership to deliver an information technology scholarship for the first time in 2017. This scholarship is open to both domestic and international students, with ten awardees to receive $10,000 each towards their living expenses in Canberra.

The ACT Government is focused on developing a stronger digital economy in Canberra with the digital revolution imperative for improving access to government services, connecting the community and, in particular, driving innovation in the business sector. ICT powers Canberra's knowledge-based economy and the sector fosters over 1,000 local businesses employing around 12,000 people. The partnership with UC allows Study Canberra a unique promotional opportunity to attract high-calibre ICT talent to Canberra.

Find out more about Study Canberra scholarships

UNSW Canberra-Study Canberra Scholarship

CIT student wins Australian Apprentice of the Year

"CIT could not be more proud to have trained Australian's top apprentice," Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) CEO Leanne Cover said on seeing CIT student Shane Dealy selected as the 2016 Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards (ATA) in November.

CIT CEO Leanne Cover accompanied the ACT team competing at the ATA in Darwin and held a special gathering for the CIT competitors to show them her appreciation for their commitment to their field of study. That meant she was on hand to see CIT carpentry apprentice Shane Dealy pick up the national award.

"It's wonderful to see Shane's hard work and commitment to learning rewarded with this significant Australian Government award," Ms Cover said. "Congratulations to Shane, and the teachers and employers that have guided and supported him throughout his training. Special thanks to Algoa Holdings, Shane's employer."

Shane was selected as the ACT Australian Apprentice of the Year in September which saw him join the ACT team that headed to Darwin for the national awards. CIT students, graduates and partners featured strongly in the ACT team that came away with several awards.

After deciding a university degree in engineering was not for him, Shane enrolled at CIT in 2013 to study carpentry and building construction.

He says a highlight of his apprenticeship with Algoa Holdings was working for Eco Blue Constructions on a 6-star energy efficient home later featured on television program Grand Designs Australia. The project exposed him to new, sustainable construction materials and techniques fast becoming a common, and popular, feature of new building design.

In June, Shane began work experience with ACT Metropolitan Building Certifiers and hopes to apply for cadetships in the coming year. In January, 2017 Shane intends to apply for a B-Class building license, the next step on the way to realising his dream of building his own home.

ACT's Madeline Wallace was the ATA runner-up Australian School-Based Apprentice of the Year. Madeline completed a CIT animal studies course through the apprenticeship scheme for school students and has gone on to study business at CIT.

CIT training partner the Academy of Interactive Entertainment won ATA Small Training Provider of the Year.

Local salon Bond Hair Religion, which has trained many CIT hairdressing students, was selected as ATA Australian Small Employer of the Year.

Congratulations to all award winners! To find out what CIT can offer, please visit the Canberra Institute of Technology website.

CIT Apprentice of the Year

Warm welcome to new students in 2017

Study Canberra will assist Canberra’s institutions with a warm welcome for new students arriving from around Australia and overseas in February 2017.

Students arriving by air through Canberra International Airport will be greeted by student ambassadors at the Study Canberra Airport Welcome Desk ready to offer assistance, answer questions and point students towards transport connections. Some institutions provide dedicated transport services which usually need to be pre-booked in advance.

On arrival to Canberra students can grab a copy of the Insider Guide to Canberra to help navigate through their first few weeks in Canberra. Study Canberra has again partnered with Insider Foundry to produce the 2017 Guide. The publication is written by locals to provide an ‘insiders’ perspective of our city, including where to get the essentials and some of the hidden secrets around town to socialise and have fun.

The 2017 Guide will be distributed from the Airport Welcome Desk and on most campuses during Orientation Week. Downloadable copies will also be available online from Insider Guides.

Please note: the Airport Welcome Desk is likely to operate between 1 and 17 February, with final dates and times to be confirmed at the time of publication. The confirmed hours of operation will be advertised in January 2017.

Study Canberra Student Ambassadors

Didin Student Ambassador

Student Ambassador profile

“The reason I chose Canberra to continue my studies is simple — from experience I know Canberra as the best city to study and live in. I was studying in Canberra from 2007–2009 and I decided to return to pursue higher studies".

Didin from Indonesia is studying his PhD in Education at the University of Canberra. Read the rest of Didin's story here.

Summer in the Capital!

There’s a lot to love about a summer in Canberra – from world-class exhibitions and a multitude of galleries and museums to an exciting calendar of events and endless natural attractions just waiting to be explored.

A 10-day outdoor street food festival takes over the park when The Commons Street Feast hits Canberra from 9-18 December, featuring 26 vendors including Gelato Messina, Mary’s and Happy as Larry.

Christmas takes over the city centre with the return of the Christmas In The City Concert on 16 December in front of the spectacular Canberra Christmas Tree and will feature great sounds, big screens and a custom built stage fit for Aussie rock legend Shannon Noll. From 16-24 December four food themed markets, as well as the inaugural Christmas Handcrafted Gifts and Arts Markets, will offer a variety of unique local stallholders under a canopy of fairy lights.

The city will come alive on New Year’s Eve with an all-ages concert in Civic Square and state of the art fireworks, while Garema Place ends the year with bass beats and high-energy dancing.

Street machine fans will be at Exhibition Park in Canberra for Summernats from 5-8 January. The annual Street Machine Summernats Car Festival is Australia's biggest horse power party where more than 2000 elite street machines and more than 100,000 people descend on Canberra.

On 26 January head to Commonwealth Park to celebrate Australia Day - pack a picnic and enjoy the range of entertainment on offer at the shores of Lake Burley Griffin before the Fireworks Spectacular caps off the day.

Eat, drink, laugh and dance your way around the world in Canberra at the National Multicultural Festival from 17-19 February.

Summer will also see Canberra host some exceptional exhibitions. For the first time in history, some of the world’s greatest treasures from the Palace of Versailles are in Australia for an epic exhibition, exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia. Versailles: Treasures From The Palace embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central French history.

Explore the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us ‒ from two million years ago until the present at the National Museum of Australia’s major international exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, until 29 January.

If sports and the outdoors are your thing, Hyundai A-League football returns to Canberra when the Central Coast Mariners take on the reigning champions Adelaide in what will be a blockbuster game at GIO Stadium Canberra on 5 February.

Or why not watch feature films from a deckchair on the lawns near the National Library of Australia at Ben and Jerry’s Outdoor Cinema? From 12 January-26 February you can grab a drink and bite to eat, enjoy live music and catch up on the best cinema offerings.

Full details for all these summer activities plus many more can be found at Visit Canberra

  • Summernats
  • Versailles: Treasures from the Palace
  • Food markets
  • Ben and Jerry's Outdoor Cinema