23 April 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast will celebrate the success of its Headstart to Indonesian project on Wednesday 24 April at USC’s Innovation Centre auditorium.
The project offered up to 60 scholarships for senior school students and teachers to study two semesters of Indonesian through USC in 2012, and for teachers to study a further two courses in 2013.
Scholarship recipients came from 19 different schools in the Sunshine Coast region.
The event will include insights from some of those involved in the program and feature presentations by USC’s Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill and Senator for Queensland Claire Moore.
Media are welcome to attend the event at USC from 4-5.30pm.
USC’s Headstart to Indonesian is an Australian Government supported program which is structured in much the same way as USC’s award-winning Headstart program.
High school students and teachers completed introductory Indonesian courses with successful school students receiving credit for two university-level subjects and their study recorded on their Queensland Certificate of Education.
The scholarship enables teachers to complete a Graduate Certificate in Arts. It also provides them with skills to be able to teach Indonesian studies in their schools.
The Headstart to Indonesian project successfully increased the Indonesian literacy of more than 50 people and has contributed directly to the Australian Government’s goal of strengthening Australia’s engagement in Asia.
USC Lecturer in Indonesian Dr Phillip Mahnken said the celebration would provide an opportunity to reflect on the success of the initiative and consider future plans.
“Headstart to Indonesian was launched to stimulate demand for the Indonesian language to be studied in high schools and provide the opportunity for USC to partner with schools which teach it,” he said.
— Jessica Halls