Students bringing the world back home

Julie Bishop with students 

More than 200 Western Sydney University students will travel to the Indo-Pacific region under prestigious international scholarships announced by the Commonwealth Government.

Over $700,000 in funding for the University was announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop as part of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

Under the program, high achieving students from disciplines as diverse as Education, IT, Law and Traditional Chinese Medicine will travel to our near neighbours for overseas learning opportunities.

The 14 funded projects include clinical placements for Occupational Therapy students in Indonesia, Journalism internships in Nepal and a field trip to Shanghai for Business students.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says the New Colombo Plan is an effective way for students to broaden their horizons.

"Studying overseas allows students to experience other cultures and ways of doing business, and bringing this knowledge back home benefits Western Sydney and the nation," says Professor Glover.

"As Western Sydney University is located in the heart of multicultural Australia, our students are well placed to build connections and partnerships with their hosts that will last long into their personal and professional lives."

"On behalf of the University I congratulate our students for their initiative, and wish them the best as they take a giant stride towards becoming global citizens."

The Commonwealth Government's New Colombo Plan mobility program provides grants to Australian undergraduate students to participate in study, internships and research in 38 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

More information for Western Sydney University students seeking international study experiences.


1 September 2015

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