Visiting Fellow from China 2012, Ms Zhang Ji-meng (Maggie), with Professor John Germov (right) and Assistant Dean International, Dr Christo Moskovsky (left)
The Faculty of Education and Arts has a global outlook in its partnerships, its research collaborations and its student exchange programs. We have students from over forty countries, studying in undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and Research Higher Degree programs.
The Faculty has strategic partnerships with a wide range of institutions overseas. In the last twelve months the Faculty has hosted delegations from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Africa, and Canada. In recent years the Faculty has also focussed on capacity-building projects in developing countries, particularly the Philippines, Vietnam, and in Africa.
Our staff are involved in collaborative research projects across a range of fields and with research partners in many countries.
Scholarships and international exchange programs help our students travel and expand their experiences of other cultures first-hand. For many of our degree programs, students will have the opportunity to spend a semester or two on exchange at one of our many overseas partner institutions.
Professor John Germov
Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor
The Faculty has strategic partnerships with a number of institutions in overseas countries. The Faculty seeks partnership opportunities that enhance the University's and the Faculty's reputation overseas, build the Faculty's research capabilities and relationships, develop the intercultural competencies of its staff and students, enhance the diversity of the student body, and provide opportunities for capacity-building in developing countries.
From left: Assistant Dean International Christo Moskovsky, Professor John Germov, and visiting Fellow from the University of Science and Technology Bejing 2013 - Associate Professor Duan Cheng-gang
David Roy (centre) with staff from Shanghai International Studies University 2012
In recent years the Faculty has had a particular focus on capacity building in developing countries, and, in conjunction with this, is exploring postgraduate and professional development opportunities in such countries. For example, the Faculty has worked extensively with Australian Government agencies such as AusAID, and with universities and government departments in Africa to provide postgraduate opportunities in both coursework and research training. Outcomes of this work have included improving the capacity of African government agencies through the training of staff, and improving the quality of teaching in African schools.
As an example of the University's capacity-building interest and expertise, we were awarded funding in 2011 for an Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships TVET project. This project involved hosting nine Fellows from Can Tho University and several technical colleges in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
The Faculty has also developed the Consortium on Early Childhood Development and Education for Teacher Development and Research, in response to a well-established need for capacity building in Africa in the area of early childhood education. At this point, participating institutions include the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Western Cape.
Examples of institutions with which the Faculty has recently entered into agreements are:
Scholarships and international exchange programs help our students travel and expand their experiences of other cultures first-hand. Whichever degree program students choose in our Faculty, they will achieve an international outlook on their studies and the chance to combine study with overseas travel. For example, Education students may take the opportunity to explore the challenges and rewards of teaching in another culture through taking their practice teaching placement overseas.
Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Germov, presenting a Hartley
Exchange Studies Scholarship to French student Andrew McInnes.
Our Scholarship and international exchange programs include:
This makes it possible for exceptional students of French to spend a period of time in France studying French language and culture.
World Indigenous Graduate Exchange
Our postgraduate Indigenous studies students also have the opportunity to study overseas as part of the World Indigenous Graduate Exchange.
The Endeavour Student Exchange Program, University Mobility Asia Pacific program and the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program
In 2011 the Faculty of Education and Arts was awarded scholarships to the value of $214,500 by the Australian Government, to support student exchanges with universities in Canada, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The funding was awarded through the Endeavour Student Exchange Program, the University Mobility Asia Pacific program and the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program, and will assist 26 of the Faculty's students to spend one or two semesters at an overseas university as part of their degree studies.
Each student will receive $5,000 towards the cost of the exchange. In addition to this, funding was also provided to allow sixteen students from the Philippines, Vietnam and Hong Kong to spend a semester at the University of Newcastle. The Faculty is delighted at this chance to offer its students an opportunity to gain international experience, and also to enable students from the Asia Pacific region to experience life at an Australian university.
September 2013 - Visitors from Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (PNTU), Vietnam
On 13th September 2013 the Discipline of Speech Pathology hosted a visit to the university by the Rector and Vice-Rector of Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (PNTU), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as part of continuing collaborations between the two universities in the field of Speech Pathology. During their visit Dr Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung, the Rector of PNTU, and Dr Pham Dang Dieu, the Vice Rector, had discussions with staff from the Speech Pathology discipline, as well as meeting Professor John Germov, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts.
In March 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding between UoN and PNTU was signed to facilitate and promote co-operation between the two Universities, as well as investigate opportunities for collaboration in speech-language therapy training, post graduate research and course work programs, exchange of students and staff, joint seminars, publications and supervision etc.
To date, two staff from the speech pathology discipline have provided courses for the PNTU speech therapy program and continuing professional development seminars and workshops for previous graduates. UoN students have also completed clinical placements in Vietnam, and staff have facilitated joint learning activities between UoN and PNTU students, and collaborated on clinical program development and research with graduates of the program. This was the first time that staff from PNTU had been able to visit the University of Newcastle
Photograph: Speech Pathology staff with Dr Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung MD, Rector PNTU (fifth from left) and Dr Pham Dang Dieu MD, Vice Rector (third from left)
May 2013 - Visiting Fellow from University of Science and Technology Beijing
The Faculty of Education and Arts is pleased to be hosting a visit to the University by Duan Cheng-gang, an Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). Associate Professor Duan is a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty for Semester 1 and 2, 2013.
Associate Professor Duan completed his undergraduate studies at Harbin Teachers' College and Heilongjiang University in China. He was awarded an MA in English Language and Literature from Northwest Normal University in China in 2000. Since September 2000 he has been working as a lecturer at the School of Foreign Language Studies of USTB. He has published eighteen articles (including five CSSCI), written two books and sponsored four province and university-level Research Funds (two as sponsor and two as participant). In 2008 he was appointed as an Associate Professor in Linguistics. Mr Duan is a holder of a China Scholarship Council award supporting his twelve-month Visiting Fellowship at the University of Newcastle. Associate Professor Duan was officially welcomed to the Faculty by Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Germov, who expressed the hope that his visit would lead to further academic and research collaboration between the University of Newcastle and the University of Science and Technology Beijing.
Photograph: Visiting Fellow Associate Professor Duan with the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor John Germov, and Assistant Dean International, Dr Christo Moskovsky.
March 2013 - Visit by Faculty International Students to Wollotuka Institute
On Monday 25th March a group of International students from the Faculty of Education and Arts visited the University's Wollotuka Institute, to find out more about Australia's Indigenous heritage. Staff at Wollotuka spoke to our students about Aboriginal history and culture, and this was followed by
demonstrations of didgeridoo-playing and traditional dancing.
The students also had the chance to join in the dancing and attempt to play the didgeridoo. The students had an enjoyable and informative time, and on the strength of this, such visits might now become a regular part of the Faculty's program for providing an enriching student experience for our International students.
The photograph shows Joe Griffin from Wollotuka demonstrating the didgeridoo.
March 2013 - Visiting Students from Jilin University, China
The Faculty has received its first students through a credit transfer agreement with Jilin University, which is one of the top higher education institutions in China. The two students, He Xiaotong and Qu Yan, are enrolled in the Master of Applied Linguistics program, and will be studying with us in Semester 1, 2013. The Faculty looks forward to welcoming more students from Jilin in the coming semesters.
The photograph shows the two Jilin students with Assistant Dean International, Dr Christo
December 2012 - Visit to Chinese Partner Universities
In early December David Roy from the School of Education visited a number of universities in China on the Faculty's behalf, accompanied by William Jiang from UON Global. Mr Roy visited a number of key partner universities including Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Central China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University and South China Normal University, and prospective partners NingDe Normal University, Yangzhou Normal University and Shenzhen University. The aim of the visit was to consolidate relationships and explore possibilities for future collaboration.
The photograph shows David Roy with staff from Shanghai International Studies University.
November 2012 - Visit to Germany
In November the Faculty International and Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Dr Geoffrey See, took part in a short study tour in Germany organised by the German Foreign Office, with the theme of "Study and Research in Germany".
The tour involved presentations from Federal Ministries, universities and research-funding bodies and included visits to Berlin, Bonn and Munich. There were 25 participants on the tour, all of whom work in the area of higher education. The participants came from many countries around the world, with Dr See being the sole Australian representative.
The tour included visits to the Free University of Berlin, Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Community), the Federal Department of Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Following the official tour, Dr See visited the Universities of Regensburg, Freiburg and Bonn to discuss possible academic and research co-operation, including articulation into the University's Masters degrees.
The photographs, starting from the top, show the tour group at the headquarters of the Aloexander von Humboldt Foundation. The next is of Dr See (centre) with the delegates from Greece and Belarus. The final photograph shows Dr See with Marianne Sedlmeier, the Director of the UON Global at the University of Regensburg, and prospective exchange students.
October 2012 - JJL Delegation visit
On Thursday 18 October the Faculty received a visit from representatives of Chinese education agent JJL. Faculty staff spoke to the JJL representatives about the Faculty's programs and the use of online teaching and learning as a valuable adjunct to face-to-face delivery of courses.
October 2012 - Delegation from Shanghai International Studies University
On 8 October 2012, senior staff members from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) visited the Faculty and held discussions with Dr Christo Moskovsky (Assistant Dean, International) and Dr Geoff See (International and Community Engagement Co-ordinator). The delegation included Professor Li Yuesong (SISU Vice-President), Professor Mei Deming (Dean, College of International Programmes) and Zhu Huaping (Deputy Dean, College of International Programmes). The group discussed the faculty's programs, the Masters-level articulation agreement signed earlier in the year, and possibilities for future collaboration.
The photograph shows Assistant Dean (International) Dr Christo Moskovsky, with the delegation from Shanghai International Studies University
September 2012 - Visiting delegation from Indonesia
On Wednesday 19 September the Faculty welcomed two visitors from Indonesia - Dr Suharsono, Co-ordinator for International Co-operation, Universitas Negeri Surabaya, and Dr Budi Parmono, Head of Quality Assurance, Universitas Islam Malang. The visitors discussed the Faculty's teaching and learning profile and quality assurance procedures with Dr Christo Moskovsky (Assistant Dean (International)), Dr Geoff See (International and Community Engagement Co-ordinator) and Ms Sally Curzi (Quality Assurance, Teaching and Learning Officer). The group also discussed possible areas for future collaboration, including articulation at Masters level.
The photograph shows (left to right) Dr Moskovsky, Dr Parmono, Dr Suharsono and Dr See.
August 2012 - Arrival of Visiting Fellow from China
The Faculty of Education and Arts is pleased to be hosting a visit to the University by Ms Zhang Ji-meng (Maggie), a Senior Lecturer in English at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in Southern China. Ms Zhang is a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty for Semester 2, 2012.
Ms Zhang completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature at Zhengzhou University in 1999 where she studied a wide range of courses, including British and American Literature, Linguistics, Translation, Intercultural Communication and Second Language Acquisition. Upon graduation she first worked as an English instructor at the Foreign Languages Department of Xinxiang Medical College, and later on was appointed as a linguistics lecturer.
In 2005/06 Ms Zhang completed an MA in English language and literature at Hebe Normal University. Her MA dissertation was on pragmatic failure in intercultural communication. Since September 2006 she has been working as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Foreign Language Studies of Yunnan University of Finance and Economics. Ms Zhang is a holder of a China Scholarship Council award supporting her six-month visiting fellowship at the University of Newcastle.
Ms Zhang was welcomed to the Faculty by Professor John Germov, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Arts, and Dr Christo Moskovsky (Assistant Dean International) in late August. In welcoming Ms Zhang to the Faculty and wishing her well for her stay in Newcastle, Professor Germov spoke of the importance of overseas partnerships for the Faculty's internationalisation strategy, and expressed the hope that her visit would lead to further opportunities for collaborative engagement between the University of Newcastle and Yunnan University of Finance and Economics.
The photograph shows (from left to right) Dr Moskovsky, Ms Zhang and Professor Germov.
August 2012 - Second Semester Welcome Function for International Students
A second semester welcome function for the Faculty's International students was held on Tuesday 14th August, in the Purdue Room of the Great Hall. The aim of the function was to introduce our International students to domestic students who have an interest in studying overseas on exchange. The interactive activities were designed to allow the International students to meet as many local students as possible in the time available, and for the International students to impart knowledge to the Australian students about their home culture and language. At the end of the activities lunch was provided to reward the participants for their efforts. The function was a great success, and a number of students have asked that the event be held again in the near future.
May 2012 - Faculty of Education and Arts Scholars' Week Function
As part of the University's Scholars Week celebrations, staff and students of the Faculty and Schools enjoyed Scholars' Week functions on Wednesday 23rd May. As part of the celebrations, certificates were awarded to recipients of Kelver Hartley Awards and Scholarships, for excellence in French Studies.
The photograph shows the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Germov, with some of the delighted recipients of Hartley Awards. Many of the winners of these awards will spend time at the University of La Rochelle in France as part of their degree studies.
April 2012 - Visit from Hong Kong Baptist University
On 4th April 2012 the Faculty received a visitor from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr Patricia Flanagan met with Dr Geoff See, Faculty International and Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Dr Miranda Lawry (School of Drama, Fine Art and Music) and Ms Erin Hilaire (Inbound Exchange Co-ordinator, UON Global) to discuss possible academic and student exchange and collaboration, particularly in the fields of visual arts and music. As a result of the visit the UON Global is to draft a suitable agreement to facilitate collaboration between the two institutions.
The photograph shows Dr Geoffrey See (FEDUA), Dr Tricia Flanagan (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Ms Erin Hilaire (UON Global) during discussions on future collaboration between the University of Newcastle and Hong Kong Baptist University.
March 2012 - Memorandum of Understanding with Pham Ngoc Thach
University of Medicine
A Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Newcastle and Pham Ngoc
Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was signed and executed on
Monday 26th March. Dr Sally Hewat from the Discipline of Speech Pathology was present for the signing. The signing coincided with another MOU between PNTU, Trinh Foundation Australia and ENT Hospital Ho Chi Minh City, which, along with the University of Newcastle are the key parties involved in the development of the speech therapy program at PNTU.
Dr Hewat is at PNTU for academic and research collaboration, and is helping to
establish the speech therapy profession and raise awareness about communication difficulties in Vietnam. Among other achievements, Dr Hewat has delivered the first-ever treatment program for stuttering in adults at the ENT Hospital.
The photographs show Dr Hewat at the signing ceremony and Dr Hewat with her speech therapy class.
March 2012 - Signing of Agreement with Shanghai International Studies University
On 26 March 2012 Professor Kevin McConkey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Global Relations) attended a signing ceremony at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), to sign an MOU and articulation agreement on behalf of the University of Newcastle. The agreement relates to articulation by SISU students into the Master of Applied Linguistics program at the University of Newcastle.
The first photograph below shows Professor McConkey signing the MOU and agreement.
The second photograph below shows Professor McConkey with senior representatives of Shanghai International Studies University.
August 2011 - Visit from Ningde Normal University
On 9 August 2011 representatives of Ningde Normal University and the Ningde Municipal Government visited the Faculty to discuss possible student exchange and academic collaboration, and met with Faculty Assistant Dean International Dr Christo Moskovsky and International and Community Engagement Co-ordinator Dr Geoff See
Photo: Dr Christo Moskovsky (Assistant Dean International) and Dr Geoffrey See (Faculty International and Community Engagement Co-ordinator) with the Ningde delegation.