The New Colombo Plan Alumni Program supports alumni to maintain a connection to each other, the New Colombo Plan and the Indo-Pacific region as they progress in their lives and careers.
In its first five years, the New Colombo Plan is supporting more than 30,000 Australian undergraduate students to live, study and undertake work placements in the Indo-Pacific.
Over time the growing cohort of NCP alumni will play an increasingly important role in Australia's relationships with our neighbours to become an influential and diverse network of Australians with direct experience in the Indo-Pacific, strong professional and personal networks across our region, and a driving force in Australia's future prosperity.
The New Colombo Plan Alumni Program is open to all NCP scholarship and mobility students on completion of their award, and offers members a range of benefits including access to exclusive networking events, professional development and mentoring opportunities and membership of a growing online community of future leaders with a shared passion for, and experience in, the Indo-Pacific.
The program offers unique opportunities for business to connect to some of Australia’s most talented youth with first-hand experience living, studying and working in the Indo-Pacific, and established professional and personal networks in the region.
The New Colombo Plan Alumni Program is being developed in partnership with alumni and the private-sector partners to ensure it reflects the priorities and preferences of our members, and maximizes the value the program can bring to alumni and the community.
New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassadors
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, recently launched the New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassador Program, which in its first year will support students from across Australia to promote the NCP and the value of Indo-Pacific study and work placements.
“The New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassadors Program will support one NCP alumnus from each Australian university to promote the value of engaging with the Indo-Pacific region on campuses and communities across Australia,” Ms Bishop said.
“Alumni ambassadors have been selected to reflect the diversity of students participating in the New Colombo Plan and the depth and breadth of study and internship opportunities available in the Indo-Pacific.
“The inaugural Indigenous alumni ambassador, Ms Jasmin Hammond, will play a national role to support the participation of Indigenous students in the New Colombo Plan,” Ms Bishop said.
The program will operate as a pilot in 2017-18 to provide an opportunity to test its design and operation, engagement with university and business partners, and the training and resources provided to alumni.
Information on the inaugural NCP Alumni Ambassadors is available below:
For more information on the program, or to discuss an engagement opportunity in your community, contact the NCP Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org.