"Our country will benefit enormously from having young ambassadors from Australia who have an understanding of and an insight into the region that only comes from living and studying and working there."
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP at the University of Sydney on 16 May 2014.
"I envisage that by spending a year in Indonesia, I can deepen my current understanding of Indonesian culture, religion and society. I hope to form strong connections with more individuals and institutions working in human rights and gender equality which will benefit me in my future career."
Emma Roberts, Australian National University
New Colombo Plan Yudhoyono (Indonesia) Fellow. 25 June 2014.
"I am confident that the New Colombo Plan will play an important role in strengthening our education and people-to-people ties. The New Colombo Plan also reflects the Australian Government's broader focus on enhancing its engagement with Asia."
President Tony Tan Keng Yam, of Singapore at the University of Adelaide on 17 June 2014.
The New Colombo Plan offers Australian undergraduates new opportunities for prestigious scholarships and grants for study and internships/ mentorships in the Indo Pacific region.
New Colombo Plan celebrated in Yogyakarta
The New Colombo Plan was recently celebrated at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Three New Colombo Plan scholars studying in Yogyakarta, Emma Roberts (Yudhoyono Fellow), Kara Menzies and Tess Harwood, attended the event, as well as Australian volunteers and students from the Australian Consortium for In-country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).
New Colombo Plan features on AusBizAsia
New Colombo Plan students talk about the rewards and challenges of studying in Hong Kong as part of a profile on the New Colombo Plan. Courtesy of AusBizAsia, Australia Plus.
Applications for 2015 now closed
Applications for the New Colombo Plan scholarship and mobility rounds are now closed. Assessments are currently underway, with successful applicants expected to be announced later in the year. For more information on the 2015 New Colombo Plan visit:
More: 2015 Round
New Colombo Plan Launch in India
On 4 September at the University of Mumbai, Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the New Colombo Plan and the inaugural Australia-India Student Mobility Workshop. Australian and Indian institutions exchanged 14 Memorandums of Understanding to facilitate increased student mobility. Over 110 Australian and Indian university representatives attended the Workshop.
Media release: Strengthening educational ties between India and Australia
2015 Round Announced
Foreign Minister Bishop today announced the New Colombo Plan’s roll-out in more than 35 Indo‑Pacific locations from January 2015. Approximately 60 scholarships and $8 million in mobility grants will be offered in 2015. Nominations for scholarships and applications for mobility grants are now open.
Mobility students return from Japan
Twelve New Colombo Plan mobility students have returned to the ANU after participating in a short study program in Japan taught in English.
Applications for 2015 Mobility Program Grants Have Closed
More: Mobility program
New Colombo Plan Students attend Official Dinner in honour of Japanese Prime Minister
New Colombo Plan students, including the 2014 Kishi Fellow, Mr Jason Emmanuelle, attended the Official Dinner in honour of His Excellency Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, at the Great Hall, Parliament House on Tuesday 8 July 2014.
New Colombo Plan scholars announced
The New Colombo Plan Patron, His Excellency the Governor General, and the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, have presented the inaugural New Colombo Plan Scholarships to forty of Australia's best and brightest undergraduates.
Senator Mason promotes the New Colombo Plan in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Brett Mason visited Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong to promote the New Colombo Plan, meet students and discuss the Plan's implementation with businesses, universities and governments.
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