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Participate in a video competition for high-school students in India. If you're among the 5 winning teams, you, your teammate, and a teacher will get to visit an Australian university, all expenses paid
BY BrainGain Magazine Staff Writer |   15-12-2017
Macquarie University
Macquarie University (photo by Catherine, used under CC license)

Students from schools across India will have the opportunity to win a student experience to a leading Australian university by participating in the “Film Fly Experience Australia” schools video competition.

Organised by The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, an Australian government agency, in association with HDFC Credila, the competition is open to students in grades 9 to 11 from schools across India.

The 4th edition of the annual India Schools Video Competition involves production of short films by students around one of these themes:

  1. Cyber Security and modern threats
  2. Learn Analytics: Doing Right, Doing Smart
  3. The Business of Sustainable Event Tourism in India and the Gold Coast, Australia
  4. Foods of the Future: How to feed the world with diminishing resources
  5. Design a home for the future

The winning teams for each theme will have the opportunity to participate in a student experience at Macquarie University, RMIT University, Southern Cross University, The University of Queensland and University of South Australia. This would also include return economy flight tickets from India to Australia, for two students and an accompanying teaching staff member, accommodation, and other travel and living expenses in Australia.

The competition is sponsored by Macquarie University, RMIT University, Southern Cross University, The University of Queensland, University of South Australia, Qantas, Allianz Global Assistance and Iglu.

The students will be provided background information on the themes by the participating Australian universities. Schools can nominate maximum of 20 teams. Each team can select only one theme and the team should have two students and one teaching staff.

The last date for the submission of competition video entries is February 15, 2018. Click here for details about the competition and to register.

Speaking about the competition, Leonie Muldoon, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner – South Asia, Australian Trade and Investment Commission said, “The Australian Trade and Investment Commission is leading this competition. An objective of the Film Fly Experience Australia competition is to broaden the horizons of Indian students and provide them new study options to consider. It is a wonderful opportunity for Indian students to exhibit their creative talents. We wish all the students the best of luck and look forward to having the winners in Australia soon.”

She noted that as of September 2017, there were close to 81,000 Indian student enrolments across Australia’s education and training providers. “We would like to invite more Indian students to study in Australia in courses where Australia is a world leader, and this includes educational programmes in archaeology, earth & marine sciences, mineral & mining engineering, environmental sciences, nursing, pharmacy & pharmacology and veterinary science,” she said. She added, “Australia is also a significant international education destination for emerging or future careers in areas ranging from technology, digital, robotics, media & entertainment, scientific research, health, and future materials. These programmes will provide Indian students the foundation for a global career in areas of future employment growth.”

Mr Ajay Bohora, Co-Founder, MD & CEO of education loan provider HDFC Credila, said, “HDFC Credila is delighted to be part of this School competition, organised in association with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their talent and to experience the diverse opportunities presented by prestigious Australian Universities.”

He added, “We are thrilled to announce that this year’s competition has been extended to students in multiple other countries too. We look forward to another year with hundreds of schools participating in the competition.”

The 3rd edition of the competition, held in 2016-2017, attracted participation from students in grades 9 to 11 from over 325 schools across India. Details of the winners are here.

About the university partners

Macquarie University: Established in 1964, it is recognised internationally and is consistently ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world. It has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia, providing many opportunities each year to international students at the university.

RMIT: This is a global university of technology and design, and Australia’s original tertiary institution, reputed internationally for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research. It is a leader in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures.

Southern Cross University: This is one of the Asia-Pacific’s top 100 universities. The Excellence in Research for Australia report has ranked Southern Cross ‘at world standard or above’ across 24 diverse research fields of global and national significance.

University of Queensland: Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world, UQ is one of Australia's most reputed higher education institutions. It is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21. It is a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, a member of Universities Australia, and one of only two Australian charter members of the prestigious edX consortium, the world’s leading not-for-profit consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

University of South Australia: Also called UniSA, this is a progressive, globally connected university with award-winning teachers, world-class research and state-of-the-art technology. It is consistently awarded five stars for excellence (2017 QS Star Ratings). Programs are designed in partnership with industry, giving students the chance to gain real-world experience as well as the confidence and skills to graduate workplace-ready.

Other sponsors of the competition include Qantas, one of Australia’s iconic brands which has played a central role in the development of the country’s and world’s aviation industry, Allianz Global Assistance, a leading provider of international student health insurance in Australia, and Iglu Student Accommodation, which provides off-campus student accommodation in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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