Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said 25 Southern Cross University undergraduate students will receive an Australian Government grant to study and undertake work-based learning in the Indo-Pacific next year.
“I am delighted that the Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program will support 25 Southern Cross students to study in our region,” he said.
“Our students will return home with new insights and understanding of Indo-Pacific that will help them to contribute to the economic and cultural life of the Northern Rivers and Australia.”
Southern Cross University New Colombo Plan Mobility Projects include:
- 15 occupational therapy students will travel to Vietnam to complete a three-week placement in a school for students with disabilities;
- 10 exercise science students will study traditional Chinese medicine, and exercise rehabilitation at the Tianjin University of Sport in China.
“These are exciting projects that demonstrate the capacity and drive of our local students,” Mr Hogan said.
The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.
More than 7,400 Australian students will study and undertake work-based learning in the Indo-Pacific region in 2017 under the New Colombo Plan mobility program, taking the total number of students supported by the program in its first four years to more than 17,000.
Mobility projects take place across all academic disciplines, and range from short-term study programs to semester-length study and internships. The New Colombo Plan also includes a scholarship program, which will support around 100 students in 2017.
“I encourage students to talk to their universities about opportunities to study and undertake work placements in the region under the New Colombo Plan,” Mr Hogan said.
For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan.