The University Bridge Program (UniBRIDGE) was set up in late 2012 as a pilot program that connected Charles Darwin University (CDU) in Darwin, Australia, to Nusa Cendana University (Undana) in Kupang, Indonesia. Since that time UniBRIDGE has expanded to include three additional Australian universities.
Through blackboard collaborate (BBC) technology used for CDU online learning, UniBRIDGE brings together students from Eastern Indonesia and Australian students from CDU, Murdoch University, University of New England and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Native speakers participate directly in online classroom language instruction and learners are able to practice newly learned language in natural, spontaneous conversations without the need to board a plane.
Many of you will already be familiar with UniBRIDGE while others may just be discovering UniBRIDGE now. MITRA encourages all participants to make good use of the UniBRIDGE to meet many new friends from Australia, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) and practice their language skills. This preparation will go a long way in the lead up to future in-country study programs.
“UniBRIDGE addresses core goals of Australian government’s ‘Australia in the Asian Century White Paper’ (2012) and the ‘New Colombo Plan’ (2013). these goals centre around the imperative for Australians to broaden ‘Asian literacy’.
— Dr Richard Curtis
“UniBRIDGE represents an innovation in internationally collaborating learning. This has been a great source of empowerment for students from the disadvantaged regions of Eastern Indonesia”
– Ms Dije Meisner
For more information visit the UniBRIDGE Project webspace here : http://university-bridgeproject.squarespace.com/
For those interested in the UniBRIDGE project you can contact the program here:
- Christopher Hall
- Project Manager
Nathan Franklin, UniBRIDGE Lecturer at CDU –firstname.lastname@example.org
Irianto Tedja, UniBRIDGE Lecturer at Murdoch –email@example.com
Richard Curtis, UniBRIDGE Lecturer at USC –firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on UniBRIDGE UNDANA contact Student Coordinator Dije Meisner at email@example.com