UON strengthens links across the globe

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Four professional staff are preparing to head overseas to collaborate with other higher education institutions as recipients of the University’s inaugural International Development Scholarships for Professional Staff.

As part of UON’s commitment to increasing global engagement under the NeW Futures Strategic Plan, $10,000 scholarships were offered to professional staff to enhance their leadership and professional expertise and strengthen UON links with overseas organisations.

Three scholarships were offered initially, but due to the number and quality of applications, four have been awarded. Congratulations to:

  • Daniel Sneddon, a UON graduate, who will spend time at Aarhus University in Denmark to learn about robotic manufacturing techniques and effective ways of teaching and engaging students in digital fabrication methods.
  • Jodi McLean who will visit the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to study collaboration strategies, models, schemes, pathways and methods and use this to establish guidelines for university-industry collaborations.
  • Qiubei Fu who will travel to the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in Beijing to gain an understanding of Hanban’s organisational structure, operational processes and key programs and identify opportunities where UON can implement similar projects.
  • Mark Kirby who will use his scholarship to visit United Kingdom universities and build case studies to inform strategic planning.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the response to the scholarship initiative and the standard of each application was outstanding.

“The overwhelming response to these scholarships demonstrates that our professional staff, at all levels, are passionate about innovation and collaboration, and enhancing the University’s global footprint,” she said.

The Vice-Chancellor noted the potential for the scholarships to create opportunities to build strategic partnerships across the globe.

“As we expand our international engagement, these scholarships pave the way for new strategic partnerships to be formed that will result in enhanced study abroad and exchange program opportunities, as well as collaborations in research and education,” she said.

“It will be exciting to see where these outstanding staff members and the University can take the relationships developed through this initiative.”

The recipients will be presented with their scholarships at a reception with the Vice-Chancellor, colleagues and family on Wednesday 6 July 2016, from 4.15pm in the Chancellery foyer. All staff are welcome to attend.

Read more about the recipients and their projects.

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