Issue 8

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Chief Minister’s Student Welcome - Friday 9 March 2018

Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA will formally welcome new students to Canberra at one of the nation's best known and loved institutions, the National Museum of Australia. The Chief Minister will be joined by the ACT Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Meegan Fitzharris MLA.

Students and staff can enjoy morning tea, meet native Australian wildlife, network with hundreds of students and grab a Study Canberra bag full of useful information. The event will also feature student performances, traditional indigenous dance and Welcome to Country.

Find out more and register your attendance

Scholarship partnerships offer $200k to attract high-calibre students

Study Canberra’s strong partnerships with local institutions have led to joint scholarships programs offering $200,000 to attract up to 20 high-achieving students to Canberra.

Building on the momentum from 2017, Study Canberra and the University of Canberra have again partnered to offer the UC – Study Canberra Information Technology Scholarship. The Scholarship is open to international students studying IT in 2018, with ten awardees (five each semester) to receive $10,000 each towards their living expenses in Canberra.

ICT powers Canberra's knowledge-based economy and the sector fosters over 1,000 local businesses employing around 12,000 people. The ACT Government is focused on developing a stronger digital economy in Canberra improving access to government services, connecting the community and driving innovation in the business sector.

Study Canberra and the Australian National University (ANU) have agreed to continue the highly successful ANU-Study Canberra India Scholarship with up to five students to be awarded $10,000 each in 2018. Launched in 2015, this scholarship was the first such scholarship program for coursework students in Australia between a State/Territory Government and a university.

The success of the India focussed scholarship has led to an expansion of the program to now include up to five $10,000 Scholarships for outstanding Indonesian students - the ANU-Study Canberra Indonesia Scholarship. The Scholarships are highly competitive and is offered to successful applicants who have achieved at an excellent level in their final years of schooling in Indonesia.

More information on Study Canberra Scholarships

Image: 2017 Study Canberra-UC ICT Scholarship awardees

CBR ‘Freshers’ greeted by new Student Ambassadors

New students arriving to Canberra by air were on the ground only a matter of minutes before being warmly greeted at the Study Canberra Welcome Desk. Working alongside University of Canberra (UC) and the Australian National University (ANU), students were offered a variety of settlement and campus specific information by student ambassadors prior to connecting with onward transport. Two large billboards brandishing the message “Welcome to Canberra, Australia’s education capital” are also in place above the Qantas and Virgin luggage carousels, ensuring new arrivals have a positive first impression and know Canberra is a friendly and welcoming city for students.

Study Canberra again partnered with Visit Canberra at Orientation Week market days to distribute settlement information to thousands of students. Student Ambassadors attended Canberra Institute of Technology, UC and the ANU armed with hand outs such as the International Student Guide, Visit Canberra guide, and exclusive student offers, along with practical information for Government services such as the Fair Work Ombudsman and Transport Canberra.

Representing five tertiary institutions and one college, and hailing from 13 different countries, the diversity of the 2018 cohort of Student Ambassadors made it easy for new students to relate. New students have reported positively on the assistance and knowledge offered by Student Ambassadors about Canberra’s lifestyle and events - information from real students with first-hand experience of being new to Canberra.

The Chief Minister’s Student Welcome on Friday 9 March 2018 will round off the ACT Government's welcome activities for semester one.

Image: New students being greeting by Student Ambassadors at Canberra Airport

Work progresses on possible UNSW Canberra city campus

A Memorandum of Understanding has now been signed by both the ACT Government and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to guide discussions on a possible major new campus and innovation precinct in Canberra.

“The vision of a city centre flanked by world-class education and research institutions on either side is one I’m excited to be exploring with UNSW,” said Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Higher education and research is already among Canberra’s economic strengths. The sector contributes $2.7 billion each year and supports around 16,000 jobs.

International education is the ACT’s largest export, with over 16,000 international students currently studying here. Per capita, we are Australia’s largest exporter of international education.

The MoU will see the ACT Government and UNSW work together on the detail around the proposal, including the potential use of the land, the description and overall design principles of the campus and the nature of the services to be provided on campus. A detailed community engagement plan will also be developed.

The information generated through this next phase will then form the basis of decisions UNSW may make in bringing forward a formal proposal to government for consideration.

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) will be involved in the project working group and would remain a separate entity within the broader academic precinct. The CIT campus priorities will be taken into account in any proposed development.

The proposed education precinct would be home to teaching facilities, research facilities, collaborative industry activities and facilities to support the campus population, such as parking, student housing, retail and child care.

Kezia Kartika

Student Ambassador profile

Kezia from Indonesia is completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Corporate Sustainability at The Australian National University.

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

“I work as a part time hydro-therapist (it’s a cool word for swimming instructor for people with special needs!) here in Canberra. My workplace is about 20 minutes drive from where I live. One day, when I was driving to work, my tyre was punctured and I had no idea how to change it. One of my students’ parents picked me up, towed my car to work and helped me to change my flat tyre. This experience was only a fraction of the kindness I have received in Canberra. Two takeaways from this experience – Firstly, I am thankful and amazed at how kind people can be. Secondly, I need to learn how to change a tyre!"

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

“Canberra may not be a bustling city like some other destinations within Australia but it definitely provides a better opportunity to develop, with the ability to integrate study, work and other non-academic related activities more easily. For me, university is a crucial time, as it is a stepping stone to achieving my future goals in life, hence choosing the ideal study destination is very beneficial. As there are minimal distractions in Canberra I am able to focus on my goals while enjoying and experiencing university life as I embark on my journey here. Canberra locals are also some of the most welcoming people within Australia. For these reasons, I chose Canberra as a place for me to further my education. Looking back on my two years here, I am grateful for all the opportunities I have chanced upon, all the new things I have been exposed to and for the friendships forged here in Canberra.”

Hear more about real student experiences in Canberra

CBR Graduates – Where are they now?

Former Student Ambassador, Study Canberra scholarship recipient and ANU alumnus Munivenkata Krishna reflects on his studies and making Canberra home...

My life in Canberra began in July 2015 when I moved here from Bangalore (India) to pursue a Masters in Business Administration at the Australian National University (ANU). This was a tough decision, as I had to resign from my engineering employment and other social activities in Bangalore; however it seemed like an adventure – venturing out to redesign and rebuild a new life in one of the world’s most remarkable cities.

I was warmly welcomed to Canberra by the caring and kind community of culturally and linguistically diverse people. I was excited to witness Canberra’s world-class facilities. Furthermore, Canberra’s natural scenic beauty, peaceful environment, loving community, and healthy lifestyle transformed my life physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Since then, I have been proud to call Canberra my home.

Upon my admission at the ANU I became a recipient of the ‘ANU-Study Canberra India Scholarship’ which was a massive boost to my studies. During my study, I was determined to contribute to the well-being of the students in Canberra; I successfully applied to become a Student Ambassador with the ACT Government's Study Canberra Program. In this role I encouraged prospective students to seriously consider Canberra for their studies, and also urged current students to be a part of, and contribute to Canberra’s highly diverse community by inspiring them with stories of my personal life transformations in Canberra.

I graduated with Merit in July 2017 and soon after attained employment in a Business Administration position at the ANU. My role fits everything that I have learnt during my tertiary studies, and I love it, because I am able to illustrate theory into practice.

My desire has always been to continue living and working in Canberra, and contribute towards its economic prosperity. This led me to attain my Australian Permanent Residency in October 2017. I am immensely prouder now, as Canberra is named Lonely Planet's third best city in the world to visit in 2018.

I believe that we Canberrans have an opportunity to build a unique society which is sophisticated and knowledge-based. I sincerely thank the ANU and Canberra for positively enhancing my life, and would encourage students to pursue their academic and/or professional endeavours here. Canberra offers enormous potential of growth and rewarding prospects to those who contribute to its prosperity.

  • Munivenkata Krishna