The New Colombo Plan offers Australian undergraduates new opportunities for prestigious scholarships and grants for study and internships/ mentorships in the Indo Pacific region.
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8 July New Colombo Plan Students attend Official Dinner in honour of Japanese Prime Minister
New Colombo Plan students, including the 2014 Kishi Fellow, Mr Jason Emmanuelle, attended the Official Dinner in honour of His Excellency Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, at the Great Hall, Parliament House on Tuesday 8 July 2014. Prime Minister Abbott thanked Mr Abe for embracing the New Colombo Plan, saying that "Jason and the other New Colombo Plan students who have joined us this evening will help to build an even closer relationship between Japan and Australia in the years and decades to come."
25 June New Colombo Plan scholars announced
The New Colombo Plan Patron, His Excellency the Governor General, and the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, have presented the inaugural New Colombo Plan Scholarships to forty of Australia’s best and brightest undergraduates. The New Colombo Plan gives these scholars the opportunity to live, study and gain work experience in Indonesia, Japan, Singapore or Hong Kong in 2014.
Four Fellows were also recognised among the forty, as the highest ranked student in each pilot location.
New Colombo Plan Scholarship Fellows for 2014:
- Emma Roberts is the inaugural Yudhoyono Fellow to Indonesia: an Australian National University (ANU) Asia-Pacific Studies and Law student, will study at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University and the Parahyangan Catholic University and undertake an internship.
- Jason Emanuelle is the inaugural Kishi Fellow to Japan: a student of languages at Melbourne’s Monash University, will join a linguistics and immersion program at Osaka University. Jason also plans to undertake an internship in Japan.
- Rebecca Wardell is the inaugural Singapore Fellow: a Philosophy in Science undergraduate at ANU, will study immunology and public health at the National University of Singapore and intern at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.
- Sarah Mitchell is the inaugural Hong Kong Fellow: currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide. She will study linguistics and history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and undertake an internship.
Foreign Minister media release: New Colombo Plan scholars announced
New Colombo Plan Scholarships: The 2014 New Colombo Plan Scholars
23 May Senator Mason promotes the New Colombo Plan in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Brett Mason visited Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong to promote the New Colombo Plan, meet students and discuss the Plan's implementation with businesses, universities and governments.
16 May Students to benefit from Tranche 2 funding
The Minister for Foreign Affairs today announced that additional undergraduates will study in the region under the New Colombo Plan mobility pilot. Minister Bishop also met with students from NSW heading to Hong Kong and Singapore under the first round of mobility grants.
Media release: One thousand students head to the region under New Colombo Plan pilot. 16 May 2014
16 May Foreign Minister announces New Colombo Plan Patron
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) has agreed to be the Patron of the New Colombo Plan.
Media release: New Colombo Plan Patron announced. 16 May 2014
30 Apr Queensland students prepare for New Colombo Plan study
Media release: Queensland students prepare for New Colombo Plan study
11 Apr SA New Colombo Plan students head off to study in region
6 Apr Prime Minister welcomes New Colombo Plan Tranche 1 students to Japan
Prime Minister media release: Japan's participation in the New Colombo Plan
4 Apr WA students benefiting under the New Colombo Plan
The Australian Government today recognised the West Australian students chosen to participate in the first stage of its $100 million New Colombo Plan.
Foreign Minister's media release: WA students benefiting under the New Colombo Plan
31 Mar Parliamentary Secretary Mason congratulates Victorian students
Senator the Hon Brett Mason today congratulated Victorian students heading to Japan, Indonesia and Singapore under Tranche 1 of the New Colombo Plan mobility program.
17 Mar Foreign Minister farewells New Colombo Plan students
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, met two ACT students, Ms Laura Ferguson and Ms Helen Trezise, who are departing Australia to study in Japan under the New Colombo Plan. Read more
21 Feb Pilot Phase Tranche 2 applications open
Tranche 2 of the New Colombo Plan mobility program is now open!
19 Feb New resource available for university staff
We have created a resources page to assist university New Colombo Plan liaison offices.
Read the new fact sheet and keep an eye out for additional resources.
12 Feb Pilot Phase Tranche 1 outcomes announced
Students from 24 universities will soon be heading off to pilot locations. See Foreign Minister media release.
10 Dec New Colombo Plan Launch
The New Colombo Plan 2014 pilot program was launched at Parliament House on 10 December 2013 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Julie Bishop MP, in the presence of the Governor General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, who is Patron of the initiative. See photos and speeches from the launch.
The New Colombo Plan Secretariat
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