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Townsville’s new ‘ambassador’ offers windows to the world

Published:29 November 2019

CQUni's 2020 NCP Alumni Ambassador, Bridget McDade with CQUni Associate Vice-Chancellor (NSW Region) Shehan Thampapillai (left) and NCP scholarship recipient Dominic McCarthy, at a Canberra function held recently to announce the next batch of fully-funded scholars.

Townsville resident Bridget McDade has a new role encouraging students throughout Australia to apply for study abroad scholarships.

As CQUniversity’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Alumni Ambassador, she will need to engage across dozens of campuses and delivery sites in five states, and with distance students everywhere.

And Bridget will need to squeeze in the role alongside her CQUni Nursing studies, extracurricular student roles and part-time admin job with Defence.

“The CQUGlobal Outbound program allows current CQUniversity students to experience life and study in over 60 countries across six continents,” she says.

“I’ll be working as far back in the system as primary and high school to encourage new waves of students to enrol with CQUni to make the most of NCP scholarship opportunities.”

Bridget has done social media and networking training for her new role and she can also speak from personal experience, having recently attended a NCP-funded Nursing student excursion to India.

“On day one in a small rural clinic, we got to witness the birth of a baby by C-section,” she says.

“Another highlight was travelling by bus to a rural health camp, run by a mobile team of medical volunteers, where we helped carry out basic health observations to consolidate our learning, while comparing and contrasting India’s health system with our own Australian model.”

Bridget says many of the NCP study abroad excursions can be completed in a few weeks, making them viable for students who have family commitments.