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28 October 2009

Katie Murphy and Lloyd Bradbury
Katie Murphy and Lloyd Bradbury

Bridge to China

Monash students Katie Murphy and Lloyd Bradbury have received scholarships to study in China for their performance at the recent Chinese Bridge competition held by the Chinese Government in Changsha, Hunan Province.

The prestigious competition is an annual event held to promote the study of Chinese language by non-native speakers. It attracts the best Chinese language students in the world.

The final stage of the competition involved 112 students from 60 countries with Kate and Lloyd taking out first and third prizes respectively.

Monash students have consistently won top prizes in the competition.

Victorian minister visits Sunway campus

Victorian Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation Jacinta Allan recently visited the Sunway campus in Malaysia to discuss education linkages between the two countries.

Ms Allan said areas of focus for Victoria and Malaysia would include curriculum development, opportunities to share materials, expanding learning systems and engagement between the countries' government departments.

"An international education creates a bond between countries and as young people learn together they create a bond that lasts a lifetime. You are all great examples of that," she told students.

Monash and Melbourne Victory U-Nite

Monash recently sponsored a delegation of about 400 students from different backgrounds and cultures to attend an A-League soccer match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

The U-Nite match, hosted by the Multicultural Commission of Victoria, aimed to encourage the community to uphold basic human rights, dignity, and equality and eliminate racial and religious vilification.

The significance of the event was not lost on Monash's multicultural contingent who was eager to support the cause.

To view a slideshow from the night visit the Monash Sport website.

International education apppointment

Simulated Patient Program coordinator Sheryl Cardozo from the Centre for Medical and Health Science Education (CMHSE) has been selected as the newest member of the Association of Simulated Patient Educators'(ASPE) International Committee.

Sheryl will be the first Australasian representative on the committee, which includes members from North and South America and much of Europe, UK and the Middle East.

Sheryl will help to position Monash and CMHSE at the forefront of utilising simulated patients (SPs) in health professional education for Australia.

SPs are used throughout the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences to help health sciences students improve clinical and communication skills.

Employability symposium

More than 100 Monash academic and professional staff met recently to share approaches to building employability into the learning and teaching experience.

With 21 staff groups presenting in concurrent streams, along with university and industry keynote speakers, the day highlighted the role Monash plays in ensuring students are prepared for a rapidly changing and demanding workforce.

Employment and Career Development director Joanne Tyler said the day supported networking and the exchange of ideas.

"Presentations where students shared their experiences were very popular, with attendees commenting that that the day helped to grow their understanding of Monash Passport," she said.

For more information visit the Symposium website.