La Trobe students head to China

La Trobe students head to China

22 Sep 2009

La Trobe students Paul Cheyne and Scott Bulman are heading from Bundoora to Beijing after it was announced that they had been awarded two full scholarships to study at the University of their choice in China by the Chinese Government.   

Students PosingPaul tells the story.

‘I was notified of this opportunity by the International Programs Office at La Trobe and they put me through to La Trobe’s Centre for China Studies who were invaluable in their efforts to help me and ensure that my application for the scholarship went smoothly.’

The scholarships, awarded by the Chinese Ministry of Education, will provide Scott and Paul with complete financial and academic support over the course of Scott’s two year and Paul’s four year stay.  Not only giving them a great opportunity to study in Beijing but also too experience University life in a distinctly different culture.
Scott, who is undertaking a Chinese major within his Law/Arts degree, and Paul, who studied a Diploma of Languages (Mandarin) before enrolling in a Masters of Tourism, have both previously studied in China. While this experience held their applications in good stead it also means they will have some idea of what to expect when they head to China later in the year.

‘The time I’ve spent in China so far has been rewarding, and it cemented my passion for the language and culture and this trip will give me a chance to see all of this wonderful country,’ Paul said.  

Although the move from Greensborough to Dalian on China’s north east coast will take some getting used to, Paul is looking forward to a year studying Chinese (Mandarin) before he begins a three year Master of Economics at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics.. 

‘I hope to gain an in-depth understanding of the culture and the Chinese way of life, I’m extremely excited to be given the opportunity to study in China and hope to master the language during my stay.’ 
Scott, a resident of Sunbury in Melbourne’s west, found out his application was successful during a two month internship with intellectual property firm Rouse & Co in Bejing earlier this year. Now, the third year student will find himself studying at the Beijing based Renmin University School of Law until 2012.

‘I was working as an intern in China when I heard the good news and I couldn’t wait to get home and check out the finer details.  Hopefully returning to study in China will give me a really good insight into Law from a Chinese perspective.’ 

La Trobe Deputy Vice Chancellor (International and Future Students) Professor John Rosenberg sees the Scholarships as an integral way of both enhancing La Trobe’s international reputation and allowing its students to experience University in a different culture.

‘It’s great to see Paul and Scott benefit from their time studying at La Trobe, I congratulate them on their efforts and wish them the best of luck in their future studies and as ambassadors of our University,’ says Professor Rosenberg.  

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
James Ayers, La Trobe University, Ph (03) 9479 1187 




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