Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Simpler travel, more study alternatives

Simpler travel, more study alternatives for Singaporeans heading to Australia

Travelling to Australia, whether for work or research study, will be much easier as a result of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Singapore and Australia, with talks concluding on Friday (May 6).

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one of the 4 pillars of the CSP was strengthening people-to-people ties by helping with tourist, cultural exchanges and instructional chances.

In this location, both nations have concurred in principle on a customized multi-year visa contract to help with travel and entry of Singaporeans who have actually been pre-vetted by the Government.

An overarching memorandum of understanding (MoU) in between the Singapore Tourism Board and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will develop strategic instructions for more collaboration, consisting of sharing research, data and market insights.

According to Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, there are 50,000 Singaporeans who live in Australia, while 20,000 Australians live here. Every year, 400,000 Singaporeans see Down Under while a million would make a trip in the other direction.


There will likewise be more chances for students here to visit Australia for research study and cultural exchanges, as part of the CSP.

For instance, there will be a pilot internship program that will intend to offer 100 Singaporeans studying in Australia more internship opportunities with leading Australian business, said MFA.

A program called the Building Relations through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement (BRIDGE) will likewise promote cultural exchange between schools from both countries using online learning and instructor exchanges.

As much as eight Singaporean schools will be chosen to get involved and will be partnered with up to 8 Australian schools, MFA said.

Additionally, the Work and Holiday Maker Programmed will start with approximately 500 on each country's end. The program aims to promote cultural exchange by permitting youths from Australia and Singapore to experience each other's nation and undertake short-term work to supplement their vacation and cultural experience, it stated.

"With the new arrangements, these would make it easier and accessible for Singaporean and Australian travelers, company individuals, students and youths to travel," DrBalakrishnan told reporters on Thursday.

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