Australia seeks scholars’ hosts

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

LOCAL businesses and organisations interested in hosting internships for Australian New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholars and mobility grant recipients are encouraged to contact the Australian High Commission.

In a phone interview, Australian High Commissioner Todd Mercer told _The Brunei Times _that four companies and organisations in Brunei were currently registered with the Australian government’s online NCP Internship and Mentorship Network database.

Among them was the Law Society of Brunei Darussalam, which most recently hosted internships for Australia’s first NCP scholar to Brunei, Alana Tolman.

Mercer said the Australian government was interested in “having as many options as possible” and variety in terms of internships for Australian scholars to Brunei.

Organisations, think-tanks or private sector companies interested in hosting Australian scholars as interns need not be from a specific field or area, he said.

“Just having (them) there as a possibility for students who are thinking of coming to Brunei to study and to combine their formal study with an internship or a work placement and having more variety gives our students more opportunities to look at,” he said.

Meanwhile, companies or receiving organisations will have the opportunity to have a young student with potential to do some work for them or work on a project in their organisation, he added.

“These individuals have all won a scholarship (from the Australian government), so they’re all very competitive, hard-performing students with something to contribute to the organisation for sure,” Mercer said.

The NCP is a signature initiative of the Australian government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships and mentorships in the region. Earlier this year, the Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei hosted eight students and two staff from Flinders University under the NCP 2015 mobility grant scheme.

The Brunei Times