Initiatives and Awards
The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) manages a number of internal and external initiatives and awards. Initiatives include:
Gifted and Talented Program
The Gifted and Talented Program gives exceptional high school students the opportunity to get a head start on their university study. This University of Newcastle program provides a pathway for exceptional students from all high schools to undertake first year university courses while attending high school. The program operates in Newcastle and on the Central Coast, and aims to keep our best and brightest in the region while building opportunities for local growth.
Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award
The Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Awards are a unique opportunity to undertake international study and research related to your Australian degree, as well as gain international work experience through an internship, building your professional network in Asia. The Awards are open to Australian undergraduates and postgraduates in any field of study. Twenty postgraduate and twenty undergraduate awards are available each year for the successful students to undertake study, research and an internship in Asia.
Prime Minister's Education Assistance Program for Japan
The Prime Minister's Education Assistance Program for Japan has been established to provide assistance for education exchange in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. The program will provide opportunities for two way, short-term exchange between Australia and affected areas of Japan.(including Tokyo). It is designed to provide opportunities for students, academics, researchers and professionals in Australia to travel to the affected areas of Japan to study or to continue or enhance their collaboration in education with their partner institutions, and vice versa.
Vice-Chancellor's School Teacher Awards
In December each year, students who expect to graduate the following year are invited to nominate a high school teacher who has had a lasting and profound impact on their education experiences. Nomination is an easy process that involves completing a form and providing a 500 word statement about the teacher.
Recipients are awarded $5,000 and their School receives $2,000. Recipients are presented with their award at the same graduation ceremony as the student who nominated them receives their testamur.