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Funding boost to support young Australians to become Asia literate.



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Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Minister for Employment Participation 22 July, 2009

Media release

Funding boost to support young Australians to become Asia literate

The Acting Minister for Education, Mark Arbib, today announced seven exemplary projects will receive a total of $2.75 million in funding to boost the number of young Australians studying Asian languages and cultures.

This funding is provided under round one of the Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund, a key element of the Australian Government’s National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP).

The NALSSP is designed to increase the number of young Australians skilled in the languages and cultures of China (Mandarin), Indonesia, Japan and Korea.

Through the Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund, a total of $9.36 million over three funding rounds will be provided to organisations including higher education providers, businesses and Asian communities.

Round one generated strong demand, with 117 organisations expressing interest in receiving funding.

The seven projects that will receive funding under round one will make a significant contribution to the Government’s commitment to increasing the number of young Australians with knowledge of the languages and cultures of our Asian neighbours.

A list of the seven successful projects is attached. Further information is available at www.deewr.gov.au/schooling/nalssp.

Round two of the fund will open in March 2010, and round three in March 2011.

Successful Projects under round one Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund

These projects are part of the Australian Government’s strategic investment into increasing the knowledge of the languages and cultures of our Asian neighbours.

Lead

Organisation

Consortium Partners Project Title Funding

$

Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies

• Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies member organisations

Indonesian Language Teacher Immersion 395,000

Australian Industry Group • Asia Education Foundation

• Education.au

'My Future: Asia Skills' 238,000

Deakin University

• Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association

• Indonesian Ministry of National Education

Building effective partnerships to increase teacher supply and enhance the quality of Asian languages education

499,100

The Australian National University

• University of Canberra • University of South Australia

A ‘Hubs-and-Spokes’ Model for Increasing Teacher Supply - A New Strategic Partnership Approach to Asian Language Teacher Education

177,000

The University of Melbourne • Curriculum Corporation • Australian National

University

Re-forming Practice: Online Chinese Language Teacher Education Modules

455,900

University of New South Wales • Curtin University of Technology

• Australian National University • Asia-Pacific Association for

Computer-Assisted Language Learning • Korean Language Teachers Association • Korean Studies

Association of Australasia • Seoul National University (Korea)

Towards the Establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Korean Language and Studies Education and Research

485,000

University of Tasmania

• Tasmanian Department of Education • Association of Independent Schools

Tasmania • Tasmanian Catholic Education Office • Universitas Mataram

(Indonesia)

New pathways for the teaching and learning of Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese in Tasmania

500,000

• Mie University (Japan) • University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China)

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