The Andrews Labor Government has announced the recipients of the 2017 Hamer Scholarship Program, with 40 Victorians awarded an immersive study experience at a nominated university in China, Japan, Korea or Indonesia.

Hamer Scholarship recipients are given the opportunity to undertake intensive language training while also developing cross-cultural links and lasting relationships that can result in new trade and investment opportunities for Victoria.

”Through programs such as the Hamer Scholarships, we’re strengthening the cultural links between Victoria and our friends and neighbours in Asia. Language learning among Australian students has stagnated at a time when they need these skills more than ever as the world becomes increasingly connected. Through the Hamer Scholarship Program we’re investing in the futures of our students and the future of Victoria and our economy will be the beneficiary.”

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis formally awarded 14 scholarships for study in China, 11 for Japan, nine for Korea and six for Indonesia.

This year’s cohort will join more than 250 Victorians who have been awarded a Hamer Scholarship since the program began in 2012. It marks the eighth round of Hamer Scholars for China and the fifth round for Indonesia, Korea and Japan.

One of the cohorts of Hamer Scholarship recipients awarded in 2017: this group are bound for Japan.

It is also the first time Victorians will study in China’s Sichuan province since the formal signing of the sister-state relationship between Victoria and Sichuan in 2016.

Past Hamer Scholars have gone on to successful careers, including Lisa Renkin (pictured in the feature image) who received a scholarship in 2013, whilst head of China Operations for the Burnet Institute, and is now Victoria’s Deputy Commissioner for China. Other Hamer Scholarship alumni include a Trade Commissioner in Beijing and the founder of marketing firm GAO Group International.

Minister Dalidakis talks to the recipients after the awarding ceremony

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 allocated an additional $1 million in funding to ensure the continuation of the Hamer Scholarship Program into 2019.

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