New Colombo Plan
The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government initiative which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen institutional relationships through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduates in the region. The goal is a growing two-way movement of students with outgoing Australians part of the regional picture of thousands of students coming to Australia to study each year.
Over time, the Australian Government wants to see study in the Indo Pacific region become a "rite of passage" for Australian undergraduate students, and as an endeavour that is highly valued across the Australian community and can link a study experience in the region to career opportunities. The New Colombo Plan will encourage a genuine two way flow of students with the region, with an increasing number of Australian undergraduates heading to the region to complement the thousands of students from the region coming to Australia to study each year.
The New Colombo Plan awards funding in two areas; Scholarships for students studying at an eligible destination for 1-2 semesters and Grants that fund University led Mobility Programmes in eligible destinations. Funding of $100 million will be available over five years for the New Colombo Plan. A pilot phase was launched in 2014 in which Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong participated. The Programme was then expanded in 2015 with the addition of more eligible destinations throughout the Indo-Pacific region. For 2020, there will be approximately 100 prestigious Scholarships provided to students with a special emphasis on the undertaking of long term overseas study, language study, mentorships and internships.
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