Excellence in Asian Studies recognised

La Trobe’s excellence in Asian studies has been recognised at a national level with the University receiving two of the four national Prime Minister’s Asia Awards to support undergraduate students continue their studies in Indonesia.
Students Nicolas Metherall and Sally Hill from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, were selected in the Outgoing Undergraduate category, entitling them to up to $53,000 each towards their studies.  They will complete both an internship and a portion of their studies in Indonesia.
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Rosenberg said he was delighted as it is an outstanding result for the students and La Trobe University.
‘It’s extremely pleasing that Nicholas and Sally have been selected as recipients of these prestigious and generous prizes. It underscores the quality and ambition of our students and it complements La Trobe’s mission to strengthen our engagement with India and South Asia,’ says Professor Rosenberg.
La Trobe, he added, is a recognised national centre for Asian Studies, one of only two universities in Australia to teach Indonesian and Hindi, as well as offering Mandarin.

In early November, Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said that La Trobe’s ability to successfully engage with Asia fit neatly with the ideas in the Government white paper emphasising that Australia's future prosperity was linked with the region.

'We have an extremely active mobility program with China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries. Since 2010, student participation in the program has increased by about 50 per cent - from 162 students to 313 this year.

'We also have a highly successful and active Centre for China Studies. This and our Confucius Institute have recently extended a unique two-way student exchange program with Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Chongqing University, with special funding from the Chinese Government,' Professor Dewar said.

The Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Outgoing Undergraduate Award provides financial support for Australian undergraduate students to undertake study or research in Asia towards their Australian undergraduate qualification, at Bachelor or Honours level either by coursework or research, in any field of study.

The awards aim to develop internationally-aware, skilled future leaders, build human capital within organisations and contribute to productivity gains and innovations, and establish enduring education and professional linkages.

Mikhaela Delahunty
Phone: +61 3 9479 5517
Email: m.delahunty@latrobe.edu.au