Applications are now open for the early 2015 intake of the Victorian Coalition Government's Hamer Scholarships to China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.
The highly successful program had already enabled more than 120 Victorians to undertake language studies at universities and institutions in the four countries.
The Hamer Scholarships were established in 2012 to strengthen ties with Victoria's Sister State, Jiangsu Province in China and to improve the Chinese language and cultural skills of Victoria's workforce. In 2013 the program was expanded to include Japan, Korea and Indonesia.
A survey of Victorians that studied in Jiangsu Province as part of the first three rounds of the Scholarships found all scholars were satisfied that the program had positively contributed to their career and the vast majority reported significant improvement in their Chinese language and cultural skills. Participants have also reported that undertaking the scholarship program contributed to their company or organisation's enhanced engagement with key Asian markets.
The Employment and Trade Minister, Ms Louise Asher, said "Improving Victorians' language skills and understanding of these unique and diverse cultures will help our local industries, businesses and organisations to more effectively engage with these dynamic markets."
A total of 35 recipients were recently awarded Hamer Scholarships, with 13 set to study in China, 10 in Indonesia, seven in Korea and five in Japan.
Applications for the next round of Hamer Scholarships are open from 11 August – 21 September 2014.