International agreement boosts opportunities for Australian students

by Ray Clancy on July 24, 2015

in Education in Australia

Australian universities have become involved in a global programme that will promote more opportunities for students to take part in international study and research.

Universities Australia has signed an agreement with Canadian organisation, Mitacs, which will allow Australian undergraduate students to participate in an elite research internship programme in Canada for the first time.

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For the first time, Aussie students will get to participate in the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship in Canada

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) is a competitive initiative already available to undergraduate students from Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Vietnam.

The programme is highly sought after, attracting several thousands of applications each year. The Universities Australia agreement will add Australia to the list of Mitacs partner countries.

From June to September each year, top-ranked Australian applicants will participate in a 12 week research internship under the supervision of a Canadian university faculty member. Students are provided with professional skills training and gain valuable knowledge about Canadian industry and innovation. Interns interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies will be eligible for a Globalink graduate fellowship.

Universities Australia Chief Executive, Belinda Robinson, said that the signing marks the first ever Australia-Canada undergraduate research partnership and nine Australian universities will be taking part in 2015/2016.

‘Successful candidates are likely to be those interested in pursuing a career in research and building long lasting connections between Australia and Canada,’ Robinson added.

According to Alejandro Adem, Mitacs chief executive officer and scientific director, the agreement with Universities Australia will provide new opportunities for Canadian faculty and universities to benefit from students’ international perspectives, while demonstrating the scope of hands on Canadian research opportunities available.

The Australian universities that have agreed to support one or more students in the pilot programme are the University of Sydney, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University, the University of Wollongong, the University of Western Australia, Macquarie University, the University of Queensland and the University of Tasmania.

 

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