The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Asia Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region. An internship component is a hallmark of the New Colombo Plan.
The New Colombo Plan is intended to be transformational, deepening relationships with the region, both at the individual level and through expanding university, business and other stakeholder links. Over time, the Australian Government wants to see study in the Asia Pacific region become a “rite of passage” for Australian undergraduate students, and as an endeavour that is highly valued across the Australian community.
The New Colombo Plan will ensure a growing two way exchange with the region, with an increasing number of Australian undergraduates heading to the region to complement the thousands of students from the region coming to Australia to study each year.
The Australian Government has announced $100 million over five years of new funding for the New Colombo Plan. A close partnership between governments, universities and business will support the realisation of this important initiative. The plan will commence in 2015, after a pilot phase in 2014 in which Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong are participating.
The New Colombo Plan Secretariat
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade