Sydney, May 15 (IANS) Australian universities will receive an additional $83.7 million over four years to enhance students’ opportunities to study an Asian language, the government announced.
The project is one of a number of Asian Century initiatives provided for in the 2013 budget, and will facilitate more Commonwealth-supported places for students to study a Diploma of Languages alongside their degree, Xinhua reported.
The initiative is part of the Australian government’s commitment to increase Asia-relevant skills in the workforce in preparation for the Asian Century as set out in the 2012 White Paper.
A bill is also currently before parliament that will increase the amount of money available for students to borrow from the government if they choose to study in Asia.
Said Craig Emerson, the minister for tertiary education, through the AsiaBound programme, over 10,000 students will also have access to grants enabling them to take up study in Asia.