Title

Notre Dame students benefit from Hong Kong and Australian Government partnership

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 9-20-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Students studying at The University of Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus will have the opportunity to study in Asia and forge closer ties with the region thanks to a joint scholarship between Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Group and the Australian Government.

At a presentation held on Monday 18 September at The University of Western Australia, the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP along with Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd Group Managing Director Mr HL Kam spoke of the opportunities that the public-private partnership offered to students attending Australian Universities.

The Minister explained that this was the first time that the Department of Education, Science and Training have partnered with a private company in such a philanthropic exercise.

“It is an opportunity to build close links through education which will benefit students immensely,” said Ms Bishop.

“We want to promote opportunities for people to study overseas which we believe will give life-long rewards.”

“This is the first event that we have held in Western Australia. The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Scholarship Program is a unique public-private partnership in Australia and experienced a highly successful inaugural round in 2005. It will support the participation of nearly 1,000 students in educational exchange opportunities over five years,” Mr Kam said.

Notre Dame has partnered with La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore. The first scholarship recipient, Esther Seow is currently attending Notre Dame studying in the School of Arts. Planning is underway for a Notre Dame student to travel to La Salle in 2007.