Scot MacDonald
13th Oct 2018

International students studying at the University of Newcastle will benefit from a NSW Liberal National Government investment in a range of projects that will be backed by Study NSW.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government is allocating $356,000 across the state in 2018-19 for a range of ‘partner projects’ to support international students, including in the Hunter.

“The University of Newcastle will receive $44,000 to deliver an upskilling program, giving 70 international students work experience within local businesses,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The ‘Upskill through Work Integrated Learning’ project will provide international students with project-based work experience and training with local organisations such as the I2N Innovation Hub, Varley Group, Merewether Golf Club, PRIDE Consulting and Fresh Marketing.”

Mr MacDonald said the project will not only provide work experience, training and upskilling opportunities, but will also help international students to build networks with local employers and an understanding of Australian industry.

“The I2N Network for example will give students work experience at local innovation hubs and with start-ups to build skills in marketing, market research, human resources, finance and corporate services,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Participating Hunter organisations will also benefit as the international students will bring their international perspectives to local workplaces and industry.”

The NSW Government will support eight separate partner projects in 2018/19 to support international students and information can be found at