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OPEN UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS FROM MYANMAR /BURMA - January 2013
www.open.edu.au About Open Universities Australia
Open Universities Australia (OUA) is a company owned by seven Australian universities: Curtin University, Griffith University, Macquarie University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology and University of South Australia. Australian universities are world renowned for their quality due to strong government support and their highly regarded accreditation processes. The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) ensures that the quality of education is of the highest standard. In addition, national protocols mean that the term ‘university’ can only be used by government accredited higher education institutions. OUA provides flexible ways to study towards a university degree for those who cannot study on campus by removing the barriers of distance, time and entry requirements.

About The Scholarship
In 2006, the OUA Board of Management allocated 25 scholarships to address the educational needs of displaced people from Burma/Myanmar in Thailand and assist them to achieve their academic goals. In February, 2012, OUA Burma project celebrated its first graduation ceremony on the borders for the students who have graduated with bachelor degrees and postgraduate diplomas. OUA is again offering scholarships for Burmese students living in displacement in Thailand. Moreover, we have made 5 additional scholarship places available to the people of Myanmar (Burma) living inside Myanmar in 2013. The scholarship provides support for students to complete a degree qualification through OUA. It provides for: 1. Tuition fees for the completion of a degree – that means 24 undergraduate units or up to 12 postgraduate units 2. Educational resources - textbooks, CDs, course materials. In addition, OUA provides an onsite coordinator located on the Thailand/Myanmar border who acts as a support person and tutor in relation to general issues of study.

OUA Academic Transition Program
All undergraduate students are required to successfully complete an academic transition program before progressing to their program of choice. The aim of this program is to improve students’ written English skills and provide orientation to study at university level within the Australian context. It consists of four units: 1st Study Period: 2nd Study Period: 3rd Study Period: English Preparation IELTS500 or IELTS Master Foundation Unit - 1 unit from: PREPAC Preparing for Academic Study Foundation Unit - 1 unit from: SSK130 Learning & Communication Behaviour SSK10 Tertiary Learning Strategies COM15 Developing Research and Analytical Skills Commence Major Sequence: Choose a major sequence and complete the first Level 1 unit in accordance with the recommended study pattern in the course.

4th Study Period:

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Note that one Study Skills unit (SSK unit) will count towards an undergraduate degree. Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. This would be subject to a formal application process through the provider university.

Degree Programs:
Following successful completion of the OUA Academic Transition Program, students can undertake any of the 42 undergraduate degree programs that do not require attendance. This may be one of the following programs.

a. Bachelor of Business (Swinburne) – majors in Economics, Information and Business Systems,
Marketing, and Tourism Management. b. Bachelor of Business (Griffith) – majors in Management, Human Resource Management and Contemporary Marketing. c. Bachelor of Arts (Murdoch) – degrees in Community Development, Sustainable Development, International Aid and Development d. Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies) (RMIT) e. Bachelor of Arts (Griffith) – choice of eight majors. f. Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie) – choice of seven majors. g. Bachelor of Communication (Griffith) – majors in Journalism, Media Communication, and Public Relations. h. Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Griffith) i. Bachelor of Accounting (University of South Australia) Postgraduate students can make application for any program that does not require attendance.

Academic Progress:
Undergraduate students must successfully complete the OUA Academic Transition Program before being awarded a full scholarship for the degree program of their choice. Undergraduate and postgraduate students must: 1. Maintain a pass rate of at least 50% of units, once four units have been attempted. 2. be permitted no more than two attempts at each unit; 3. not take a first study break of longer than two consecutive study periods, 4. except where the offer schedule imposes a necessary longer break; 5. Seek written approval for any subsequent study breaks which are longer than one study period. Scholarship holders are required to abide by all the terms and conditions of the scholarship which will be outlined in a contract letter signed by the student.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must:

1. have completed Post Ten Certificate/ training program or have a minimum of 2 years of full time work 2. 3. 4. 5.
experience; be able to support themselves financially; demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English at Intermediate level: demonstrate the motivation and capacity to successfully complete a university program; be computer literate and have regular access to a computer and the Internet for online study.

English Language Requirements:
For successful study, OUA recommends that international students wishing to study through Open Universities Australia achieve an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of at least: • 6.5 for undergraduate study
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7.0 for postgraduate study

Selection Process:
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, application form, references, English language test and interview, indicating the applicant’s English language skills and capacity for university education. Equity in terms of age, ethnicity, location and gender will be taken into account.

How to apply

1. Complete the OUA University Scholarship Application Form, including: a. your choice of study program – Business, IT, Arts or Humanities, or postgraduate course b. essays 1, 2 and 3. c. copies of your current and all academic transcripts (if not available, explain why). d. copies of official documentation (the identifying pages of your passport or other official I.D. with
English translation). If no documents are available, please attach a short explanation. e. proof of your ethnicity from Myanmar/Burma with English translation. If no documents are available, please attach a short explanation. f. names of two (2) people whom you have asked to complete the Reference Forms: one, a teacher or academic advisor familiar with your academic capacity; the other a responsible adult, other than a family member, who knows you well. 2. Email Application Forms to: oua.scholarships@gmail.com 3. Only online applications will be accepted. 4. The closing date for receipt of applications is 18 January 2013. 5. If selected for interview, attend interview and sit test on (date and place to be decided). Applicants must bring 1 set of copies of original documents to the interview. 6. Successful candidates must attend an Orientation, and negotiate access to computer and Internet with the Coordinator, before commencing study in early March, 2013. 7. You will only be contacted by OUA Myanmar/Burma Project Scholarships Selection Team if you are successful with your application.

Application Timeline: Scholarships announced: Application Deadline: Short Listed applicants informed: Thailand Myanmar border: English Test, Interview and IT Test: Inside Myanmar: English Test, Interview and IT Test: Applicants Notified: and Accept offer: OUA Enrolments Close: Study Commencement date: Additional Instructions 21 December 2012 18 January 2013 20 January 2013 22 – 31 January 2013 5 – 15 February 2013 20 February 2013 28 February 2013 4 March 2013

1. Read the following pages carefully before you fill out the application, and make sure that you understand 2.
everything. It may make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful application. NOTE: If one or more of the documents mentioned above is missing from your application, without explanation, your application will be disqualified. If you expect a document to become available after you submit your application, please indicate this in a cover letter and send the missing document as soon as it becomes available.

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3. Inform us IMMEDIATELY of any change of address and contact number after you submit your
application!

ONLY ONLINE APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE EMAILTO: oua.scholarships@gmail.com

Mr. Thein Naing Academic Support Coordinator Open Universities Australia www.open.edu.au

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THE ABOVE INFORMATION PAGES.

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ONLY ONLINE APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE EMAIL TO: oua.scholarships@gmail.com  

OPEN UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS FROM MYANMAR /BURMA - January 2013

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All information is treated with strict confidence. All questions MUST be answered unless marked ‘Optional’. Type in BLOCK capitals. All applications must be completed in English.

SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION
1. What scholarship are you applying for? Thailand Burma border Open Universities Australia Student ID No. (Please leave blank) Undergraduate Inside Myanmar

2.

3. What level of study are you applying for?

Postgraduate

4. Name(s) (As they appear on your documents) 5. Preferred Name (Optional) 6. Other names (Optional)
7. Title (please √) 8. Date of Birth 9. Gender Dr Day Male Mr Mrs Month Ms Miss Year Female Other (specify)

10. Mailing Address
11. Telephone Mobile

12. Email 13. Do you have regular access to a computer?
14. Do you have regular access to the Internet? No No Yes Yes Where? Where?

15. Where did you hear about the OUA Scholarships?

SECTION 2: EDUCATIONAL AND PERSONAL BACKGROUND
16. List current and past (up to three 3) educational institution/s you have attended. 1. Name of Institution Location Qualification Achieved

Country

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Year of Study - From 2. Name of Institution Location Qualification Achieved Year of Study - From 3. Name of Institution Location Qualification Achieved Year of Study - From

To Country To Country To

17. To which ethnic group or groups do you belong? Akha La Hu Burman Mon Chin Pa O Kachin Palaung Karen Shan Karenni Rakhine Kayan

Other (please specify) Q 18 – 23. For students living on Thailand Burma border - Please attach documentation to prove your origins in Burma (letter from community camp leader, for example). 18. Who do you live with? Family Friend/s Dormitory Other (specify) Yes No

19. Are you able to attend a written test in Mae Sot? If NO, what is the nearest border town where you could sit the test?

20. Refugee Status (for Displaced students). Please check the box(es) to indicate which documents you have. Burmese Passport, Tourist Visa Burmese Passport Non Immigrant Visa Camp Registration Document Thai Work Permit Please attach copies of documentation if possible. 21. Date of leaving Burma 23. Have you applied for resettlement? Q 24 – 27 for students within Myanmar 24. Who do you live with? Family Friend/s Dormitory Other (specify) Yes No 22. Date of arrival in Thailand No Yes Country Burmese Passport No Visa Thai ID PAB document Other {please specify)

25. Are you able to attend a written test in Yangon or Mandalay? If NO, what is the nearest city where you could sit the test? ALL students Q 26 - 30 26. In which country and state were you born?

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27. What languages do you speak well? write well? read well? 28. Do you have a disability, impairment or long-term medical condition that might affect your studies? No Yes If yes, specify 29. Emergency Contact in case we need to need to get a message to you quickly: Name Contact Details Relationship

30. Work History Please include any paid or voluntary work you have done. Dates of Employment Name of Employer Type of Work Weekly Salary (if paid)

SECTION 3: ESSAYS
31. ESSAYS: We ask you to write these essays to tell us who you are, your thoughts about the situation in Myanmar/Burma, and why you want to study. The essays must be written by you, using your own words and expressing your own ideas. Each essay should be no more than 250-300 words. Please confine your essays to the three topics outlined below. Note that • Applications without required essays will be considered incomplete. • Candidates submitting identical essays, or information downloaded from the Internet, will be disqualified! 1. Biography. Would you please tell us about yourself and your family? If you left Burma please tell us how and why you left and what your status is where you live today. Describe any education you are receiving now and your past educational experiences. In some detail, tell us how you support yourself now. What are your plans for the next five years and how might you achieve them?

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2. Your Country. Would you please tell us what you think about current conditions in Myanmar/Burma and it’s current place in the world? If you had an opportunity to work for change in Myanmar/Burma, how would you do this? What things would you seek to change and what things would you seek to preserve or develop? Realistically, what could you do to make a difference and help bring about changes?

3. What do you want to study and why? How do you know you have any aptitude for this field of study? Why do you want to study this program and how will you use what you learn?

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SECTION 4: REFEREES
32. Names of people who you have asked to complete Reference Forms: Academic: Teacher Name: Contact Details: Personal: Responsible Adult not related to you Name: Contact Details:

SECTION 5: PROPOSED PROGRAM OF STUDY
33. Proposed Program of Study (preferences) Please indicate which degree program and Major you are interested in studying after you have completed the Academic Transition Program: Degree Program* Major*

*Please note that you may change your preference at a later date.
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APPLICANT DECLARATION AND SIGNATURE
My signature indicates that all of the information contained in my application and supporting documents is true and honestly presented. Signature: Date:

NOTE: You must bring all the documents, academic records, transcripts and referee letters to the test centers and interviews if short-listed.

ONLY ONLINE APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE EMAIL TO: oua.scholarships@gmail.com www.open.edu.au

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