Victorian professionals will be given greater opportunities to undertake studies in Asia, after Innovation, Services and Small Business Minister Louise Asher announced the further expansion of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Hamer Scholarships Program.
Ms Asher said the highly successful program would now provide scholarships to enable young Victorians to study in South Korea and Japan, in addition to China and Indonesia.
Premier Napthine also announced the program’s expansion to Indonesia during the recent Super Trade Mission to South East Asia.
The scholarships will be valued at $15,000 for Korea and Japan and $10,000 for China and Indonesia.
“Through these scholarships, we are ensuring Victorians from a broad range of professions are better equipped with the language and cultural skills they need to successfully engage with Asia’s fast growing economies,” Ms Asher said.
“As Australia’s fourth largest trading partner and a recognised global industrial powerhouse and leader in innovation, South Korea offers opportunities for Victoria across a broad range of industries.
“Japan continues to provide significant opportunities for Victoria, is a major source of investment, and is our state’s third largest export market.
Improving Victorians’ Indonesian language skills and understanding of Indonesian culture will help our industries to play an even greater role in the development of this large and dynamic market.
“Extending the Hamer Scholarships program will also serve to strengthen ties with Busan and Aichi our Korean and Japanese sister states.”
The Hamer Scholarships Program was established by the Victorian Coalition Government in 2012 to provide Victorians professionals with opportunities to undertake studies in Jiangsu Province, China, which shares a Sister State relationship with Victoria.
The Hamer Scholarships are a part of the Victorian Government’s $50 million Victorian International Engagement Strategy, announced in the 2012-13 Budget to boost Victoria's international engagement efforts.