Asian businesses - the new classroom for New Colombo students

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Hundreds of Western Sydney University students will trade their high-tech classrooms in Australia to study, research, and engage with innovative businesses, including start-ups, across the Asia-Pacific region thanks to the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grants.

The NCP Mobility Program aims to equip a new generation of Australians with in-depth knowledge of the Asia region, and provides the opportunity for the country's future leaders to forge new professional and personal networks.

In the latest funding round, the Australian Government has announced that it will support 356 Western Sydney University students through 28 mobility projects in 2018.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, have announced:

  • Twenty environmental studies students will experience and research Philippine culture and the issues challenging growth and sustainability by exploring the socio-economic factors affecting key tourism areas on the island of Panglao.
  • Twenty business management students will study enterprise innovation, entrepreneurship and business start-ups in the Republic of Korea to understand how local innovation strategies and business incubator conditions can be adopted in Australia.
  • Six construction management students will travel to China to investigate how to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in buildings.
  • Ten human geography students will take part in an in-depth tour of Indonesia to better understand key areas of humanitarian aid and development.
  • Ten science, computing, engineering and mathematics students will travel to India to complete internships with Tata Consultancy Services in Kochi.
  • Fourteen traditional Chinese medicine students will be given further instruction in mastering clinical skills in China.
  • Twenty-five law students will undertake a comparative study on Chinese law and transnational legal systems.

The Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Professor Barney Glover, said the opportunities presented by this program will help to ensure Australia's continued prosperity. 

"By partnering with leading businesses and civil institutions across Asia, our students will develop new bonds and a deeper understanding of how our region operates," said Professor Glover. 

"Through these experiences, our students will not only further their careers and become international leaders of the future but they will also bring back knowledge to Australia that will benefit a range of stakeholders including businesses, government and the local community."

Launched by the Coalition Government in 2014, the New Colombo Plan provides students with the opportunity to deepen Australia's relationships in the Indo Pacific region through university, people-to-people, and business links. Further information on the Plan and the full list of 2018 mobility grants awarded is available on the DFAT website.(opens in a new window)


28 August 2017

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer