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Deakin University has confirmed its position as a national leader in language and language education as one of the seven successful applicants in the intensely competitive first round of funding under the Rudd government’s Asian languages in schools initiative – The Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund.
The $499,100 received by Deakin will be used to:
Deakin’s project, Building Effective Partnerships to Increase Teacher Supply and Enhance the Quality of Asian Languages Education, is a collaboration between Schools in the Faculty of Arts and Education, and contributes directly to the University’s Strategic Plan.
The project combines Deakin University’s extensive experience in teacher education with its strong language programs in Indonesian and Chinese to advance major new partnerships.
The Minister for Education and Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, wrote to the University stating:
'I congratulate you in being among seven projects selected from 117 expressions of interest. Your project will make a significant contribution to the Australian Government’s commitment to increase the number of young Australians becoming skilled in the knowledge and understanding of the languages and cultures of our Asian neighbours.'
The Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education, Professor Gary Smith, stated 'This is a great success for Deakin, as it recognises our strengths in both languages and teacher education, and our capacity to build external partnerships. It is an opportunity for Deakin to make a significant contribution to national priorities in a leadership role.'
Associate Professor Alex Kostogriz will be the Project Manager and the Founding Director of the Centre for Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures.