Twenty-four PhD students in education, science and engineering from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico arrived in Canberra in mid-July to start their 2019 Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program.
The students are undertaking research projects hosted by Australian institutions including universities, CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences. The program is also expected to provide opportunities for the students to initiate personal relationships with their Australian counterparts over a period of eight to twelve weeks.
The Academy held a two-day orientation program in Canberra, where the students were welcomed by the Academy and representatives from the Department of Education, followed by site visits to the National Museum of Australia, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the Canberra Space Centre. The Academy hosted a dinner at the Shine Dome attended by Fellows and representatives of relevant embassies.
The students will return to the Academy in mid-September to share the outcomes of their research projects and experiences in Australia. This is the third year that the Academy has managed this exciting and effective program with support from the Commonwealth Department of Education. The involvement of the host institutions is highly valued.
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