"Our country will benefit enormously from having young ambassadors from Australia who have an understanding of and an insight into the region that only comes from living and studying and working there."
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP at the University of Sydney on 16 May 2014.
"I envisage that by spending a year in Indonesia, I can deepen my current understanding of Indonesian culture, religion and society. I hope to form strong connections with more individuals and institutions working in human rights and gender equality which will benefit me in my future career."
Emma Roberts, Australian National University
New Colombo Plan Yudhoyono (Indonesia) Fellow. 25 June 2014.
"I am confident that the New Colombo Plan will play an important role in strengthening our education and people-to-people ties. The New Colombo Plan also reflects the Australian Government's broader focus on enhancing its engagement with Asia."
President Tony Tan Keng Yam, of Singapore at the University of Adelaide on 17 June 2014.
The New Colombo Plan offers Australian undergraduates new opportunities for prestigious scholarships and grants for study and internships/ mentorships in the Indo Pacific region.
Private-sector support for the New Colombo Plan
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, has announced a significant partnership with the private sector to deliver cross-cultural training to New Colombo Plan students preparing to study in the region.
The Bennelong Foundation, with the strong support of the Myer Foundation and Asialink Business will contribute a combined $885,000 to develop and deliver training to students over the next five years. The training will help arm students with the awareness and sensibility to effectively engage across cultures, derive maximum benefit from their experiences in the region, and be positive ambassadors for Australia.
New Colombo Plan 2015 scholars and fellows announced
The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Education Minister Christopher Pyne have announced the 69 talented undergraduate students who have been awarded prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships to live, study and work in the region in 2015.
Each year the highest ranked scholar in each host location is named a New Colombo Plan Fellow. The 2015 Fellows are:
- Brunei: Alana Tolman, from the Australian National University
- Cambodia: Hannah John, from the University of Sydney
- China: Scott Gigante, from the University of Melbourne
- Fiji: Asher Taccori, from the University of Wollongong
- Hong Kong: Sarah Griffin, from Griffith University
- India: Zoe Brereton, from the University of Queensland
- Indonesia: Harrison Hall, from the University of Wollongong
- Japan: James Lawler, from the University of Adelaide
- Malaysia: Tyce Barton, from the University of New South Wales
- Mongolia: Mark Pennini, from the Australian National University
- Nepal: Samuel Williams, from Monash University
- Philippines: Emily Pritchard, from RMIT University
- Republic of Korea: Michelle Howie, from the University of South Australia
- Singapore: James Panarettos, from the University of Western Australia
- Taiwan: Rose Vassel, from the University of New South Wales
- Thailand: David Coleman, from the University of Sydney
- Vanuatu: Emily Forsyth, from the University of Tasmania
New Colombo Plan 2015 mobility outcomes announced
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP and Education Minister Christopher Pyne today announced more than 3100 Australian undergraduate students would be supported to live, study and work in the region through the New Colombo Plan 2015 mobility round.
New Colombo Plan celebrated in Yogyakarta
The New Colombo Plan was recently celebrated at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Three New Colombo Plan scholars studying in Yogyakarta, Emma Roberts (Yudhoyono Fellow), Kara Menzies and Tess Harwood, attended the event, as well as Australian volunteers and students from the Australian Consortium for In-country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).
New Colombo Plan features on AusBizAsia
New Colombo Plan students talk about the rewards and challenges of studying in Hong Kong as part of a profile on the New Colombo Plan. Courtesy of AusBizAsia, Australia Plus.
Applications for 2015 now closed
Applications for the New Colombo Plan scholarship and mobility rounds are now closed. Assessments are currently underway, with successful applicants expected to be announced later in the year. For more information on the 2015 New Colombo Plan visit:
More: 2015 Round
New Colombo Plan Launch in India
On 4 September at the University of Mumbai, Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the New Colombo Plan and the inaugural Australia-India Student Mobility Workshop. Australian and Indian institutions exchanged 14 Memorandums of Understanding to facilitate increased student mobility. Over 110 Australian and Indian university representatives attended the Workshop.
Media release: Strengthening educational ties between India and Australia
2015 Round Announced
Foreign Minister Bishop today announced the New Colombo Plan’s roll-out in more than 35 Indo‑Pacific locations from January 2015. Approximately 60 scholarships and $8 million in mobility grants will be offered in 2015. Nominations for scholarships and applications for mobility grants are now open.
Mobility students return from Japan
Twelve New Colombo Plan mobility students have returned to the ANU after participating in a short study program in Japan taught in English.
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