The Australian government has granted $1.125 million for Indo-Pacific study programs to the University of Melbourne. The University will grant fourteen study overseas experiences along with internships in the Indo-Pacific regions through their New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. This program is one of how University partners build close ties with the Australian government between Asia, Australia, and the Pacific.
Around 197 students will take part in study or internships in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Singapore, and French Polynesia.
The projects will support Australia’s foreign policy objectives, enhance Australia’s Asia literacy and language proficiency improve connections across the Pacific, Indo-Pacific, and Southeast regions. Other projects will include business internships in India or Vietnam, intensives in Japanese Language, and various other study abroad programs.
These projects will help students understand the challenges, opportunities, and solutions associated with health, food, security, globalization, and sustainable development.
These programs will help the students increase the chances of their career prospects, and provide them with invaluable international experience, cultural insights, and language skills. The University of Melbourne will prepare its graduates for global careers, and develop their networks and skills to succeed in the Indo-Pacific region & beyond.
In the award ceremony hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs on 5th December 2023, five students were named as New Colombo Plan Scholars for 2024.
The scholarship program allows individual students to enroll in one year of study in the region, on the other hand, the Mobility program funds allow groups of students to participate.