A second year Early Childhood Teaching student at UOW and a third year Civil Engineering student have undergone a rigorous selection process to earn prestigious New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships just announced by the Federal Government.
Larissa Jenkins will become the first student of teacher education at UOW to do a full semester in an Asian country as one of only approximately 40 recipients of the scholarship which provides up to $67,000. Sharing the UOW limelight is engineering student Thomas Wilkinson.
With a career plan of becoming an early childhood teacher within a preschool, Larissa (a Faculty of Social Sciences Dean’s Scholar student) will undertake her study abroad at the Hong Kong Institute of Education during its Autumn 2015 semester. In addition to her studies in Hong Kong, Jenkins will also be involved in a work placement.
Jenkins said the study and work skills she will gain in Hong Kong will be extremely essential in increasing her employment potential and her ability to work in a changing environment, particularly in what is being termed the ‘Asian Century’.
She said that as the first student of teacher education at UOW to do a full exchange semester in an Asian country she hopes to provide the foundation for future students to follow in her footsteps.
“I am passionate about Early Childhood education as I believe that quality teaching within the first five years provides the best possible foundation for a child’s future life and learning,” according to Larissa who also plans to undertake a master’s degree at UOW.
‘It’s a time of awe and wonder where we can support children’s imagination and development through a play-based curriculum.”
The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift the knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internship/mentorship undertaken by Australian undergraduate grant recipients in the region.
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