Outdoor Education in Bendigo for Singapore students (Issue 21, 2012)
With an increasing interest in outdoor education among young people in Singapore, it was no surprise a group of Republic Polytechnic students found themselves wondering around rock-climbing, canoeing and camping equipment at the Bendigo campus recently.
The cohort of 21 students and two staff visited La Trobe University in Bendigo to learn first-hand about what the Outdoor and Environmental Education unit has to offer and to explore articulation study options.
La Trobe and Republic Polytechnic have an international articulation agreement for students studying the Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Learning in Singapore. This means Republic Polytechnic students can progress to a full Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education in 18 months for what is usually a three-year program.
The group’s 10-day trip included outdoor activities, and exploring the native Australian bushland around the campus . Faculty staff gave the students a sample of subject offerings which include rock-climbing, bushwalking and paddling. The visiting group also toured the Ironbark Centre, the eco-friendly hub of activity-based subjects of the outdoor education programs in Bendigo.
La Trobe staff and students welcomed the visitors over morning tea and lunch.
Besides the undergraduate courses, postgraduate coursework and higher degree by research programs are available in outdoor education. La Trobe has been offering outdoor education at Bendigo since 1976, and remains strongly committed to internationalisation activities such as developing articulation agreements with overseas institutions.