High-flying business students to study overseas, thanks to New Colombo Plan

Students studying 

It's one thing to learn about the ever-changing global economy from a textbook; it's quite another to travel to another country while you're still studying and getting the chance to put all you've learned into practice. Yet, that is exactly what is in store for some career-focused business students from Western Sydney University.

From 2016, 60 students from Western's School of Business will embark on various study projects across four different countries as part of the Commonwealth Government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program.

The NCP Mobility Program aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and build people-to-people and institutional relationships, by increasing the number of Australian undergraduate students undertaking study in the region.

The University received over $700,000 in total New Colombo Plan funding, with the Business School alone obtaining $342,000 for four different projects.

It means the business students will be jetting off to China, India and Singapore and Vietnam from next year to conduct research and field work exploring various aspects of international business, manufacturing and innovation, led by Western academics Ms Marion Cornish, Dr Tim Hall, Dr Jonathon Hu, and Dr Wayne Fallon.

Professor Scott Holmes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) and Dean of the School of Business, congratulated the students and staff on this outstanding result.

"On behalf of the Western Sydney University School of Business, I wish the students all the very best with their travels and we look forward to seeing what sorts of innovative problem-solving and critical thinking they apply to their projects," says Professor Holmes.

"The wonderful thing about the New Colombo Plan is that it not only gives students greater first-hand knowledge that enhances their studies, but they are experiencing different cultures and developing a deeper appreciation of our trading partners and how they conduct business.

"No doubt it will be an opportunity that will enhance their personal and professional lives for years to come"


1 September 2015

Media contact: Amanda Whibley, Manager Media and Public Relations

The four successful School of Business projects are:

  • Business Report International Study Program (India) – Twenty students will travel to Mumbai for 5-6 weeks, where they will study and research a particular business problem related to a commercial or non-profit industry partner. The project will give students the opportunity to put their problem solving skills the test, as well as experiencing working in different cultural settings. The project will be led by Ms Marion Cornish.
  • Vietnam Outbound Mobility Experience – This project builds on previous successful tours to Vietnam by the University's School of Business. This is a multi-year project, that will see 60 students in total over three years travel to Vietnam – 15 students in 2016, 20 students in 2017, and 25 students in 2018 – immersing themselves in local industry over 16 days and learning more about the importance of the Indo-Pacific region to Australia. The project will be led by Dr Tim Hall, who has been involved with the Vietnam visits since 2011.
  • Discovering Markets of China – Fifteen students will travel to China for three weeks to look at business opportunities for small Australian businesses. The students will visit both small and large businesses in China, as well as job agencies, government departments, and other organisations. It will help students learn more about what it is like to work in China – Australia's largest trading partner. The project will be led by Dr Jonathon Hu.
  • Singapore Study Tour to Support Manufacturing and Innovation in GWS – This program builds on previous NCP-funded study tours to Singapore. Ten students will travel to Singapore to study the complexities of manufacturing in that country, and look at what knowledge can be brought back to Australia, particularly to benefit the advanced manufacturing sector in Western Sydney. The project will be led by Dr Wayne Fallon.
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