The University of Newcastle, Australia

Endeavour Mobility Grant funding to create new global opportunities

Monday, 11 December 2017

Under the Endeavour Mobility program within the University of Newcastle (UON) Global Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has awarded UON a funding allocation of $268,500 to support 87 students to participate in 10 Endeavour mobility projects across nine countries globally for 2018.

Endeavour Mobility Program

The Endeavour funding consists of:

  • $106,000 for a total of four short term mobility projects
  • $74,500 awarded to support Asia postgraduate short-term projects
  • $61,500 to support Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange
  • $26,500 for the International Student Exchange Program

This combined total of $268,500 signifies a 139% increase in funding awarded to UON compared to 2017, and represents 3.2% of the 2018 funding offered to Australian universities.

The Endeavour Mobility Program, administered by the Department of Education and Training, supports two-way engagement between Australia and the rest of the world. The mobility grants support Australian tertiary education institutions to provide undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training (VET) students with an overseas study experience that contributes to their Australian qualification.

Through short-term study, such as practicums, clinical placements, internships and volunteer projects, students are able to immerse themselves in the academic and social cultures of other regions, strengthening their global knowledge and experience. Semester exchange is also supported, with semester grants available for Australian and overseas higher education students.

The Endeavour Mobility Grants will present our students and the students of our partner institutions in Japan, Malaysia and the US with the opportunity to engage in a funded semester exchange. Postgraduate and undergraduate students in Architecture, Law, Music, Indigenous Studies and Business will have the opportunity to engage in and receive grants for innovative faculty-led study tours and placements in Mexico, Denmark, China, Indonesia and Brazil as part of their study at UON.

To date, Endeavour Mobility Grants have offered UON students the opportunity to embark on an amazing range of global experiences across a range of disciplines and faculties, including Business and Law, Education and Arts, and Engineering and Built Environment, majoring in International Business. The majority of students have ventured to countries such as China, France, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Denmark, Canada, Indonesia and Kenya.

UON undergraduate, Vanessa McDonald, recently returned from a two-week study tour experience in Kenya, supported by the Australian Government through Endeavour Mobility Grants. She is studying a combined degree of Business and Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and was awarded one of the Mobility Grants to participate in the Kenya program in October this year. Vanessa said the Mobility Grant made it possible for her to be part of the unique opportunity to visit places that the students might have never possibly been able to visit.

"It was great to hear about the work and relationships happening between Australia and Kenya. It has shaped my outlook on future travelling opportunities - you can travel for a purpose and make a difference in the world through travel. You just need to find the opportunities and make it happen. Seeing the relationships being built in Kenya with Australia was eye-opening," Vanessa said.

The funding awarded for 2018 will present students studying across faculties with life-changing experiences as part of their study at UON. Due to the generous financial support this funding offers, UON will continue to grow its offering of sought after global experiences that see our students embark on amazing journeys, opening their minds to new experiences, cultures, values, and expanding their learning through global opportunities.

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