Government grants support international student mobility for UQ Medical School students
University of Queensland medical students will travel to China and India to gain valuable clinical experience thanks to assistance grants from the Australian Government’s Department of Education. The Mobility Grants provide funding to eligible Australian higher education providers to support their Australian students to undertake short-term international mobility experiences in eligible destinations throughout the world.
UQ School of Medicine‘s International Partnerships and Global Development Manager Ms Elise Moore said the grants’ purpose is to increase the overall number of students with first-hand international experience related to their field of study.
“They also aim to increase collaboration and deepen relationships between higher education institutions in Australia and the participating organisations,” Ms Moore said.
“These mobility grants are very competitive and we are extremely lucky to have received two, a Short-Term Mobility Grant to China and an AsiaBound Grant to India.
“This opportunity will allow our students to experience medicine in a global setting and expose them to clinical situations not available here in Australia,” she said.
Five first-year medical students will each receive $2,000 to participate in UQ Medical School’s China Study Tour and the school will receive $1,500 to support the program and enhance the collaboration with their China partners.
During the China Study Tour, students will be hosted by Second Military Medical University (Shanghai) and Capital Medical University (Beijing), and will be exposed to a different medical discipline each week, over four weeks.
Another group of three first-year medical students will also each receive $2,000 to participate in the Manali Medical Aid project.
This unique project was founded in 2007 by a group of UQ medical students who saw the need to support the Lady Willingdon Hospital, a charitable hospital in the town of Manali in the Indian hills of Himachal Pradesh, who will also receive $1,500 to support the students while they are there.
Each year a new group of first-year medical students travel to Manali to participate in a clinical observership for their elective whilst also engaging with the local community to provide support where required.
UQ medical student Anthony Whittle said receiving the AsiaBound Grant will go a long way toward funding his elective.
“While the cost of living in India is much cheaper than Australia, traveling is invariably expensive,” Anthony said. “We are very grateful to be given such fantastic support to undertake what promises to be an amazing experience for us in Manali.”
About the UQ School of Medicine
UQ Medical School is a leading provider of medical education and research in Queensland, with the country’s largest medical degree program. The school is a diverse enterprise operating over multiple sites, with Queensland Health and private health service providers as major partners. Geographically, the school extends throughout Queensland with major sites in Brisbane, the outer metropolitan areas, and a number of rural and remote area facilities throughout the rest of the state as well as offshore clinical schools in New Orleans in the USA, and in Brunei, SE Asia.
The UQ School of Medicine comprises 11 academic disciplines:
- Anaesthesiology and Critical Care
- General Practice
- Medical Ethics
- Law and Professional Practice
- Medical Imaging
- Molecular and Cellular Pathology
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Paediatrics and Child Health
- Rural and Remote Medicine