Scholars from the Australia Awards International Scholarship Collaboration Short Term Award at the Round Table. (Photo supplied)

Recipients of the Australia Awards International Scholarship Collaboration Short Term Award participated in a Round Table discussion led by experts from the University of Queensland, James Cook University, Griffith University and the Australian Indonesian Business Council.

During the Round Table, scholars heard about the university’s role in supporting sponsored students including mentoring, English support and academic writing skills; advantages and disadvantages of regional locations such as Townsville. Innovations in delivery such as Griffith’s Digital Campus, the university’s third largest and fastest growing campus and micro credentials in response to industry and workforce development needs were also discussed.

The Round Table was moderated by Dr Sharon Saunders from the Griffith Graduate Research School and Dr Anne Cullen from the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation.

Round Table presenters and agenda topics included:

Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director, Griffith Asia Institute delivers a presentation on the Australian Scholarship Program, including the Global Alumni Engagement Strategy at the opening of the program . (Photo supplied)
  • The structure of Australian universities (international teams, engagement units) – how to engage with Australian Universities – Mr Michael Holder, Manager – Sponsored Students, Global Engagement, University of Queensland
  • The Regional Perspective – Advantages and disadvantages – Mr Alex Salvador, International Sponsored Student Advisor, James Cook University
  • Innovation in delivery – Griffith’s Digital Campus – Ms Amanda Briggs, Griffith’s Digital Campus Project Manager
  • Designing attractive degree offerings for a future where ongoing innovation and the use of ‘smart’ technologies will shape graduates’ professions and national development. Presenting examples of programs that have gold-standard distance, innovation, or big-data foundations – Mr Paul Martins, Chairman, Australia Indonesia Business Council (QLD); Professor Dian Tjondronegoro, Deputy Head (Research), Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University; and Mr Michael Holder.
Chairman of the Australian Indonesian Business Council, Mr. Paul Martins, opens the Round Table. (Photo supplied)

The event took place in Brisbane  during the first week of the two-week long Australia Awards Scholarships – Short Term Award funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where the Scholars travelled to Brisbane and Canberra.

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships (postgraduate courses (Long Term Awards) and intensive tailored short courses (Short Term Awards) and Fellowships that offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development opportunities in support of key development and foreign affairs priorities.

To find out more about the Australia Awards, particularly Australia Awards in Indonesia visit Australia Awards.