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CQUni students will be performing, teaching and offering healthcare across Indo-Pacific in 2020

Published:15 October 2019

CQUni students pictured on previous New Colombo Plan Mobility Program excursions.

CQUniversity students will have the chance to perform in a Malaysian theatre production, assist Vietnamese health workers, or gain teaching experience in Mongolia or The Philippines, in projects running next year.

Other student cohorts will travel to Thailand, Cambodia, India and Nepal.

The Australian Government has awarded CQUniversity $376 200 to support 114 CQUniversity students to participate in seven mobility projects across the Indo-Pacific, thanks to the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program with the 2020 funding outcomes, announced this week.

CQUniversity Australia is also the lead university in two successful applications from a consortia of Australian universities in the 2020 round, resulting in an additional $450 000 that will allow 150 students from across Australia to participate in an international study experience. The Reimagining India consortium, developed by CQUniversity in collaboration with IndoGenius, is the largest outbound student mobility program in Australia, and has provided students with opportunities to experience a culture and learning experience that may not otherwise be possible.

Around 30 Theatre, Music and Digital Media students from CQUniversity will collaborate with Malaysian tertiary students in December 2019 and January 2020, as part of an inter-cultural exchange, to create a second joint theatrical production at the Bentley Music Academy in Kuala Lumpur.

"Building on the connections forged during the inaugural 2018 intercultural exchange, where CQUniversity students collaborated with students from the Bentley Music Academy, Universiti Teknologi MARA  and Universiti Putra Malaysia to perform the Mikado, this new project will bring together tertiary students from Australia and Kuala Lumpur in a production of Chess the musical, featuring a full symphony orchestra as well as chorus and principals drawn from both countries," says Professor Judith Brown, from CQUni's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

"Peter Cousens will be the director and the production will be conducted by Kevin Field from Bentley Music Academy. Digital media students will use video and online technology to document the entire project, facilitating ongoing research into this educational and creative project."

Around 16 Education, Professional Communications and Digital Media students from CQUniversity will visit Mongolia for a multi-disciplinary project.

The program will include pre-service education placements at Mongolian schools and childcare centres to facilitate lessons focused on improving the English and numeracy skills of local children, and to work with teaching staff to share pedagogical practice.

Meanwhile, Professional Communications and Digital Media students will conduct internships at local television and print organisations.

The CQUni students will spend time living with nomadic families to experience a traditional way of living, and also attend a series of workshops and lectures at the University of Humanities in Ulaanbaatar. They will have formal language training and experience cultural activities and site visits.

"Students will learn about their own profession specific-skills, the skills of other professionals, the value of inter-professional practice, generic professional skills and cultural responsiveness," says CQUni's Dr Angelina Ambrosetti.

"The project will contribute to deepening our students’ understandings of Mongolia, particularly the challenges faced by children and their families and build people-to-people and institutional relationships.

"We aim to increase opportunities for our students to experience what it means to be a 'global citizen', which adds to their professional skills and capabilities, and this makes them more attractive as employees."

Around 14 Nursing and Physiotherapy students will visit Vietnam in October and November next year for three weeks of clinical placements on a community development project in Mai Chau.

"Students will be living in rural villages and working with Vietnamese health workers to deliver primary health care," says CQUni's Lucy Jiang.

"The team conducts mobile clinics in a region with little access to comprehensive healthcare. Students provide family health assessments and accompanying health education in the communities earmarked for assistance, practicing clinical, communication and project management skills in a diverse cultural setting.

"Whilst the project has been operating for more than five years, we aim to combine groups of Nursing and Physiotherapy students to work in an inter-professional manner to enhance their learning of each other’s disciplines whilst providing a more comprehensive and holistic service to the remote Vietnamese communities."

CQUniversity is also leading a multi-year project (funded for three years and also involving USQ and QUT) so around 30 Education students can visit The Philippines.

This project will enable Queensland universities to explore common teaching and research agendas, establish long-term mutually beneficial partnerships in the region, collaborate on curriculum development and provide increased mobility opportunities for Australian education students to study and work in the Indo-Pacific.

"We will offer student placements at schools and childcare centres in The Philippines to run sessions focused on improving the English and numeracy skills of local children," says CQUni's Dr Gillian Busch.

"Our travelling students will work with local teaching staff to share pedagogical practice. They will also attend a series of workshops and lectures at the Cebu Normal University and Cebu Technological University. There will be formal language training and a number of relevant cultural activities and site visits."

For more information about these study tours or other CQUGlobal Outbound opportunities, such as exchange or short-term Summer or Winter programs, please visit www.cqu.edu.au/CQUGlobal or email cquglobal-out@cqu.edu.au .