26 October 2016

Victoria joins US-led international student network

Victoria University of Wellington is set to welcome more American students after joining Generation Study Abroad (GSA), an initiative run by the New York-based Institute of International Education (IIE). 

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L-R: Kaylee Butters, Education New Zealand; Micaela Mathre, Generation Study Abroad; Matthew O’Meagher, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement, Victoria University of Wellington); Wagaye Johannes, Generation Study Abroad.

GSA was launched in 2015 to provide an opportunity for more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programmes. As of April this year, GSA has partnered with more than 400 colleges and universities around the world. 

In late September, Victoria University’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement), Dr Matthew O’Meagher, flew to New York to sign a Letter of Commitment on behalf of Victoria University. 

As part of the agreement, Victoria University has committed to: 

  • Increasing opportunities for US students to study at Victoria on non-degree programmes, including options for gap year and community college students. 
  • Offering scholarships for US students to study at Victoria. Two of these scholarships have been set aside for US students from diverse backgrounds, including indigenous, low income and first generation university students, and students with disabilities. 
  • Exploring new exchange partnerships with US tertiary institutions.
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Matthew O’Meagher signing the agreement.

Victoria University hosted more than 300 American students in 2015, and hopes to double that number by 2025.  

Dr O’Meagher said joining GSA was an exciting move for Victoria University, and a key way to further internationalise its campus and community.

 

 

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