The Hamer Scholarship Program provided by the Victorian State Government allows Victorians the opportunity to travel to Asia and undertake a language and cultural immersion program designed to build the Asia-engagement capabilities of Victorians and help strengthen cultural awareness between Victoria and Asia.
All recipients will travel to either Indonesia or South Korea in August/September and spend a semester in-country.
Jessica Smith, one of the four recipients and a Masters of Public Health and International Development student shares her story:
"The driving motivation to begin studies in the Master of Public Health and Master of International Development was to enhance my knowledge, skills and competency in undertaking health research. Specifically, to enhance the likelihood of achieving my career goal of completing appropriate, sound research in the area of sexual and reproductive health of Indonesians whilst committed to capacity building in the health field. The endless opportunities offered at La Trobe University to foster and enhance students capabilities has enabled the opportunity for me to undertake studies in Indonesia, which will enhance my research capacity, improve my cultural understandings of Indonesia, and further develop my Bahasa Indonesian; all crucial competencies for my future career aspirations."
Jessica and another recipient (an alumnus of La Trobe) will travel to Indonesia and study at the Universitas Gadjah Mada, one of La Trobe's key partners in Indonesia.
Jasmine Dreher, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student will study at the University of Indonesia.
The final recipient (another alumnus of La Trobe) will travel to South Korea and study at Seoul National University.
We look forward to hearing more of their experiences whilst they are away and when they return.