10 January 2012
Talent scouts spot Gippsland scholar
Callum Adams is in Germany, thanks to winning the RMIT University Society for Australian German Student Exchange (SAGSE) scholarship for 2011.
RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Development and Vice-President, Stephen Connelly (centre), Callum Adams (left) and Callum's teacher Jonas Stoebe (right), receiving plaques from Heidi Victoria, MP for Bayswater, Dr Anna-Marie Schleich, the German Consul-General to Victoria, and Egon Vetter, President of SAGSE.
The former Bairnsdale Secondary College student is interested in studying computer science and systems engineering this year, possibly at RMIT, on his return.
SAGSE awards scholarships to Australian students each year to travel to Germany during their summer holidays.
The exchange program aims to give students an insight into a foreign culture and build up links of friendship between the youth of the two countries.
Mr Adams said being exposed to new customs and traditions would broaden his understanding and knowledge of the people and communities from a different region of the world.
"By immersing myself fully in the German language, my proficiency in the language will be drastically improved, hence furthering my suitability for a career offshore, and fuelling the fascination I hold for the language," Mr Adams said.