19 October, 2009
NMIT International Office recently hosted a lunch for NMIT students studying under the Endeavour Awards program.
Endeavour Award International Students at Collingwood Bistro
The Endeavour awards are a Federal Government initiative conceived to create stronger relationships between Australia and other nations through education. Endeavour Awards are available to VET students, post-graduates and executives working in the field of education, and enable international recipients to study in Australia or Australians to study overseas. The awards are coordinated by DEEWR (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations).
The awards cover tuition costs while in Australia, living expenses for the student and immediate family members, establishment costs and travel to and from the student's home country. More information at www.endeavour.dest.gov.au
The lunch was held at the Collingwood Bistro and included NMIT international students from a wide range of disciplines including Electronic and Communications Engineering, Engineering Technology (Civil), International Business Management, Accounting, Community Welfare and Information Technology (Network Security). The students from an equally wide range of countries including Laos, Pakistan, Vietnam, Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Tshering Phuntsho, an Instructor from the Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic in the Kingdom of Bhutan, was one of the students present at the lunch. Tshering arrived in mid-August with his wife to complete the NMIT ELLICOS program and to study the Diploma of Electronic and Communications Engineering at Epping. Tshering describes his experience so far as "very wonderful" and says he chose NMIT for his Endeavour Award because of the range of vocational studies offered by the Institute and its international student population.
The lunch was a great opportunity for the students to meet one-another, exchange experiences and also to meet with Austraining International representatives, Heath Fisher and Nicholas Perera. Austraining International is contracted by DEEWR to manage the students' living and pastoral needs while studying in Australia. Also attending the lunch were Mal Rowe and Luke Howard from NMIT's International Office and John Grech (Acting Head of Program Faculty of Business - Higher Education and Bachelor of Hospitality Management).
NMIT Endeavour Award students with Heath Fisher and Nicholas Perera (Austraining International), Mal Rowe and Luke Howard (NMIT’s International Office) and John Grech, Acting Head of Program Faculty of Business – Higher Education
NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.