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New Colombo Plan scholar interning at top research facility in Singapore

When Denver Linklater began her undergraduate degree she had no idea she would soon find herself undertaking advanced research at BASF's world-class scientific facility in Singapore.

But that's exactly what she is doing after being awarded a New Colombo Plan scholarship to undertake a six-month internship at the chemicals giant's global research centre in Singapore.

Denver, a Swinburne University of Technology Bachelor of Biotechnology student, is researching the laboratory characterisation of water purification membranes, gaining experience directly relevant to her degree at one of the world's most sophisticated research centres.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company and has more than 100 sites across Asia, including the Global Research Center, Singapore, a key scientific hub for its businesses in functionalized materials, nanotechnology, energy and resources.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Steve Ciobo MP, visited BASF and Denver in Singapore earlier this week.

"The New Colombo Plan is exciting because it's not just exposing young Australians to Asia, but it's giving them opportunities at the cutting edge of global economic and technological development," said Australia's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Steve Ciobo MP, who visited BASF and Miss Linklater in Singapore yesterday.

"BASF is a global firm, but it's also part of the Asia Pacific and the Asia Pacific is becoming a more and more important part of the world for them," said Mr Ciobo.

"The opportunities for Australian students like Denver are tremendous."

The Australian Government's New Colombo Plan provides opportunities for Australian undergraduates to live, study and undertake work placements in the Indo-Pacific. Guidelines for the 2016 round are now online.

Jung, Linklater and Ciobo posing for the camera
[L-R] Head of BASF Global Research Center, Singapore, Dr Marc Jung; NCP Scholar Miss Denver Linklater; and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Steven Ciobo MP.
Last Updated: 7 May 2015
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