International and Advancement Division news
UoN welcomes our new Brazilian students
50 Brazilian students are currently studying ELICOS at UoN before undertaking a 1 year Study Abroad program as part of the Brazilian Science Without Borders (SWB) scholarship program. This is quite a coup for UoN, and is a direct result of the successful relationships established through both our visiting academics and the University's International Marketing team.
The Brazilian Science Without Borders program is a large-scale, nationwide scholarship program that is primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government. The program seeks to strengthen and expand Brazilian education in the areas of science, technology, innovation and competitiveness; by providing opportunities for international study to undergraduate and graduate students and researchers.
In November 2012, representatives from the Innovative Research Universities, including Dr Yuri Totoev and Ms Hayley McNeel from UoN, visited Brazilian institutions and presented to students interested in SWB scholarships, as well as students considering Australia as a destination for self-funded PGC/RHD opportunities.
The University community welcomes the new students from Brazil and looks forward to welcoming other SWB students in the future, including approximately 30 next semester.
UoN success in AsiaBound Grants Program
The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) has awarded the University of Newcastle (UoN) funding for student grants to totalling $310,000 under the inaugural Government's AsiaBound Grants Program.
All Faculties supported the International Office in the process of writing and submitting applications, which led to UoN receiving funding for 12 Projects. This equates to approximately 104 students who may ultimately study in Asia for part of their qualification.
Universities Australia is currently working on the development and implementation of the National Information and Promotions Strategy for the Australian Government's AsiaBound Grants Program. UoN will be hosting an institutional workshop on the grants program (and other Government grants), the changes to OS-HELP, and the benefits of participation in student mobility programs at 10 am on Thursday 5th September 2013.
If you would like further information or to register your attendance please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the move - International and Advancement Division
A very warm welcome to Rebecca Hazell who joined the University in a newly created position as Director of Development, UoN Foundation on Monday 26th August 2013.
Rebecca brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation having worked in fundraising leadership roles in both the health and tertiary education sectors. These include the role of Manager, Development and Executive Director of the UWS Foundation as well as the Fundraising Manager at QUT. In late 2010 she established Giving Capacity, a fund raising consultancy firm based in Brisbane. As Director of Giving Capacity, Rebecca and her team have been delivering fundraising advice, coaching and support to a diverse range of non for profit and higher education clients in Queensland. As an alumna of the University, she is delighted to return with her family to Newcastle and to continue to build upon the UoN Foundation's strong tradition of philanthropic support from communities, businesses and Alumni.
Libby Rodgers-McPhee has been Acting CEO, UoN Foundation* for the past 12 months. Please join me in thanking her most sincerely for her tireless dedication and enthusiasm.
Heartfelt gratitude goes to Rosemary Thomson who has been Acting Director, Advancement* since last January. With Rebecca's new role, Rosemary has a new move on Monday 26th August 2013 - Acting Director, External Relations which encompasses alumni relations, corporate relations and engagement with the community.
Welcome Rebecca, and thank you to Libby and Rosemary!
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement)
*both positions were discontinued from 26h August 2013.