31 Aug, 2015
Canberra, 28 August 2015, Australian government Joint Media Release — Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne today released details of the 461 mobility projects that will be funded in 2016 under the New Colombo Plan.
The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in our region.
Speaking at the University of Western Australia, Minister Bishop announced that 38 universities and 11 university consortia would receive funding from the Australian Government to send more than 5450 students to 28 locations throughout the Indo-Pacific in 2016.
“Australian universities have continued to provide strong support for the New Colombo Plan mobility program and the opportunities it provides for Australian students to undertake short term and semester length study in our region,” Minister Bishop said.
“Around 75 per cent of funded projects already involve an internship, practicum or other form of work-based placement or industry engagement.”
“These include practical placements for pre-service teachers, nursing and other health-service students, internships in a range of leading companies such as NAB, Mitsui and Hassell, and work experience with not-for-profit organisations such as Engineers Without Borders,” Minister Bishop said.
Minister Pyne said the expansion of the New Colombo Plan in 2016 would take the total number of students funded by the program to more than 10,000 over its first three years.
“New Colombo Plan students will return home with new insights and understanding about the region that will help them to contribute to the economic and cultural life of Australia,” Minister Pyne said.
“Supporting students to engage globally is a core element of the Government’s draft National Strategy for International Education.”