Canberra – Shenzhen intern program connects future innovation leaders

Canfan 23 October 2014

A new StudyCanberra student intern program between Canberra and Shenzhen will attract the best and brightest students from Shenzhen to Canberra and will give local students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in Shenzhen, the home of a major technology company in the world, Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Katy Gallagher said today.

The Canberra-Shenzhen Innovation Intern Exchange Program is the first education outcome of the historic MOU signed between the ACT Government and Shenzhen.

“The MOU I signed last week seeks to enhance cultural and economic ties between Canberra and Shenzhen and this StudyCanberra program is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the cultures of each city, plus give students the chance to learn in some of the most innovative companies And organisations in the world,” the Chief Minister said.

Two students from Canberra will be able to travel to Shenzhen and two Shenzhen based students will come to Canberra as part of the program.

The ACT Government contribution to the first four placements – two from Canberra and two from Shenzhen – will be $30,000. The cost of airfares, internship costs and living expenses will be shared between Governments and business in Canberra and Shenzhen.

“The first stage the program will bring together future leaders from Canberra and Shenzhen, who will be placed for an internship in a leading Shenzhen business and provided with accommodation throughout the duration of the placement,” the Chief Minister said.

“The placement will develop the successful students’ leadership skills in their chosen field and as future ambassadors for the cities Canberra and Shenzhen.

“The program will build capability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and will expose participants to learning experiences and networks in each city.

“ACT students studying overseas are often the best ambassadors for educational opportunities back in their home town of Canberra, and I am hopeful that this program will showcase Canberra to a range of students who may be interested in studying here.”

Applications for the StudyCanberra internship program will open soon with a view to the exchanges taking place during 2015.

(Katy Gallagher Media Release)

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