Academic collaboration boosts international relationship

Friday, 19 December 2014

The University of Newcastle (UON) and De La Salle University of the Philippines have signed a Memorandum of Agreement under the Australia Awards Scholarships institutional partnership framework, to offer study and exchange opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate students.

The two universities signed the agreement which formalises the delivery of a dual program leading to a Masters in Human Resources Management (MHRM) from UON and a Diploma in Industrial Relations Management from De La Salle University.

Through this partnership, future Australia Awards Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to finish a jointly-managed post-graduate degree program at the University of Newcastle and De La Salle University.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of International and Advancement, Winnie Eley, said the Memorandum of Agreement provided both Australia and the Philippines opportunity to strengthen the relationship between to two countries as well as providing value for students.

"Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development," she said.

"Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia."

In 2010 both universities began pursuing a partnership through faculty and student exchanges, branching into the training of academic staff from De La Salle University by academic staff from UON's faculty of Science and Technology.

"Australia Award scholarship holders have been studying successfully at the University of Newcastle in the Master of Human Resource Management for many years," Mrs Eley said.

"These are excellent students who bring a wealth of experience and strong commitment to the MHRM Program, enriching the educational experience for all of our students."

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in the Philippines.

"The University of Newcastle is proud to support the best and brightest students in the Philippines, and takes great pride in the contributions this makes to the economic prosperity and educational growth of the country," she said.

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