Students expand their horizons thanks to New Colombo Plan

New Colombo Plan

Jessica Juler, a Communication student who travelled to India on the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program in 2015.

More than 200 of the University's best and brightest students will have the opportunity to study internationally, after Western Sydney University received more than $800,000 in funding from the Australian Government under its prestigious New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (opens in a new window).

Announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, the University has received a total of $816,200 for 15 different projects as part of New Colombo's 2017 funding round.

The grants will see 220 Western Sydney University students from various disciplines, including management and commerce, health, society and culture, education, and information technology, embark on various projects across the Indo-Pacific region.

The students will travel to numerous destinations throughout 2017, including Cambodia, Vietnam, Fiji, Taiwan, India, China, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover congratulated the University's latest batch of global scholars.

"The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program continues to go from strength to strength, and is highly competitive. We are very pleased that Western Sydney University has again done well in this latest funding round," says Professor Glover.

"I look forward to hearing more about the students' individual experiences as they undertake their travels from next year and become terrific ambassadors for this University.

"I have no doubt they will find this overseas learning opportunity an enriching experience – gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of our Indo-Pacific neighbours, and, importantly, forging connections and friendships that will last a lifetime."

The Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Mobility Program provides grants to Australian undergraduate students to participate in study, internships and research across the Indo-Pacific region.

It aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by increasing the number of Australian undergraduate students undertaking study in the region.


2 September 2016

Amanda Whibley, Manager, Media and Public Relations