New York bound: Global Discovery Program applications now open

The trip of a lifetime awaits eight talented Monash students who will wing their way to the city that never sleeps as part of the University’s Global Discovery Program.

Offered for the first time in 2015, the program is again being offered this year.

Students will travel to New York for an eight-day program, which will include visits to the United Nations, New York University, Bloomberg, NBC, and lunch with a senior advertising executive. They will also attend functions with the President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner and prominent Monash alumni.

The University’s Global Discovery Program is an initiative of the US arm of the Monash Global Leaders Network – groups of active Monash alumni and friends in Hong Kong, Indonesia, mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and the US.

The New York program is led by Monash graduate Sue Fennessy (BA(SocSc) 1994), who is mootivated by her own Monash-sponsored visit to New York when she was a first-year student.

To be considered for the program, students are asked to provide a 30-second video on “how they can change the world”. The theme for 2016 is #bethechange. Students, staff and friends, can also be involved in the selection process and “love”, “share”, or “repost” their favourite videos. The most popular student video will be named People's Choice winner and by-pass the judging panel.

Applications opened this week and close Sunday 10 April, with selected students departing Melbourne 25 June.

Last year’s program attracted more than 400 entries, from which 20 students were shortlisted to move onto the interview stage with staff from ERDA and Monash Abroad.

Damien Farrell, ERDA Executive Director, said the program was an incredible opportunity to improve the student experience for Monash students and thanked the four New York based Global Leaders led by Ms Sue Fennessy, for their initiative, foresight, and willingness to continue their support for this program.

“The Program allows our students to connect their education with experience and this provides them with immeasurable global perspective,” Mr Farrell said.

For more information, visit the Global Discovery Program website.