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Dr Rohan Nethsinghe

Rohan NethsinghePosition

Senior Lecturer - Creative Arts

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T: +61 2 62015892
L: Building 6 Room D29

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Laureate of international Jazz music festivals and competitions, Dr Rohan Nethsinghe is an Assistant Professor in Creative Arts Education. Rohan has more than twenty five years of performing, teaching and researching experience in international contexts and has worked as a teacher in Australian schools (p-12) and in higher education sector (Technical and Further Education institutions and Universities). As a phenomenologist Rohan publishes in scholarly journals and presents his research nationally and internationally in the areas of Creative Arts Education, STEAM, Music Education, Arts Education and Higher Education. His research in Multicultural Music Education has contributed to the enhancement of the scholarship in teaching and learning and Rohan has won prestigious awards for his research in teacher education. Rohan is interested in understanding how Arts Education contributes to human development and the effects of applied/authentic learning (WIL).

  • Creative Arts Education
  • Arts Integration and Integration of Arts
  • STEAM Education
  • Music Education and Multicultural Music Education
  • Effective knowledge transmission strategies
  • Sustaining and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage/traditions
  • Applied learning
  • Informal, lifelong and community learning
  • Global Work Integrated Learning (International Teaching Placements)
  • Phenomenology
  • Finalist of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Research Inspired Teaching, 2019
  • Nominated and shortlisted for University of Canberra Professional Awards in Innovation and Creativity category, 2019
  • Nominated for Patrick J. Moreo Global Education Leadership Award, Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI), 2018
  • Global Intensive Leader (GIL) Mobility Grant, RMIT Global Experience Office, 2017
  • Career Development Fellowship, School of Education, 2016
  • International Travel Fellowship, School of Education, RMIT, 2015
  • Research Publications Development Grant, School of Education, RMIT, 2015
  • Selected to represent RMIT at the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership, Senior Leadership Seminar, Hong Kong, 2015
  • International Travel Fellowship, School of Education, RMIT, 2014
  • Selected to represent the RMIT at The Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership Leadership Institute, 2014, Taiwan
  • Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research, Monash University, 2012
  • Monash University Postgraduate Publication Award (PPA), 2012
  • Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) Travel Grant, 2012
  • Skills Victoria Funded Scholarship for studies in VET, the TAFE Development Centre, 2012
  • Monash Research Graduate School (MRGS), Postgraduate Travel Grant, 2012
  • Monash University Faculty of Education, Postgraduate Travel Grant, 2012
  • Travel Scholarship to UAE provided by The Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, in conjunction with the Universities of Victoria, 2011
  • Australia Post Graduate Award (APA), 2010–2012
  • Monash University Vice-Chancellors’ Honours – PhD Scholarship, 2009–2012

As the project leader from RMIT University received $297,000.
New Colombo Plan, Mobility Program Funding provided by the Australian Government (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Education and Training) for a series of teaching practicums titled Peer Alliance for Productive Professional Experience in Teaching (2017-2020), a consortium with La Trobe University hosted by the Christ University, Bangalore, India.

Global Intensive Leader (GIL) mobility grant provided by the RMIT Global Experience Office (GEO), $5000 awarded for the Cross Cultural Teaching and Learning placement project in Nepal, April 2017.

As the project leader received $33,000 (from NCP, 2017).
New Colombo Plan (NCP), Mobility Program Funding provided by the Australian Government (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Education and Training) for a  teaching practicums titled Vietnam international Teaching Experience (2017-2018), organised with the RMIT Vietnam.