Federal Member for Curtin and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has congratulated the University of Western Australia in Curtin for being one of the 24 Australian universities to receive grant funding under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
The Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the plan, which will provide young people with study and internship opportunities across the Indo-Pacific region.
Ms Bishop said students selected by UWA to participate in the pilot program will receive mobility grants to study and participate in work experience opportunities overseas. “I am pleased to announce local students will be part of the first band of students to take up places at universities in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong from Semester 1 this year,” she said.
Ms Bishop said programs being funded spanned a wide range of academic disciplines from law, health and education, language and culture to science, technology and engineering.
“The students will undertake study experiences ranging from semester-based and short-term study to teaching practicums, research, field studies and clinical placements,” Ms Bishop said.
“The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will help equip students with the skills and experience needed to engage with the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.
“Students completing the program will build professional connections and gain opportunities to link their study experience directly to career development.
“I encourage UWA students to also take the opportunity to apply for one of 40 prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships for longer-term study of up to a year.”
Further information on the application process can be found at the New Colombo Plan website: http://www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan/scholarship-program.html.