Swinburne students to access New Colombo Plan grants

Friday 1 September 2017

Students walk along John Street with friends, smiling.

The New Colombo Plan is designed to enhance the knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia

In summary

  • Swinburne students to participate in 11 new mobility projects across the Indo-Pacific region
  • Part of the Australian Government’s 2018 New Colombo Plan mobility grants

The Australian Government is offering 140 Swinburne students the opportunity to participate in 11 new mobility projects across the Indo-Pacific region as part of the 2018 New Colombo Plan mobility grants.

Two of Swinburne’s New Colombo Plan Mobility projects will include:

  • 10 information and communication technology students undertaking IT analysis, planning and implementation projects within schools and community-based organisations in Mumbai and in and around the village of Pal in North-Eastern Maharashtra State, India;
  • 18 law students participating in a two-week legal immersion program in Indonesia.

Swinburne’s Vice-President (Students), Dr Andrew Smith, says the university is elated with the outcome of the 2018 New Colombo Plan mobility program.

“The New Colombo Plan allows Swinburne to continue to build our exchange programs, study tours and other opportunities that give our students access to the exciting education sector in the Indo-Pacific Region.

“We welcome students from the Indo-Pacific Region each year, and it is fantastic for us to also give our students the opportunity to study abroad in this area and experience all it has to offer,” Dr Smith says.

The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government initiative launched in 2014. The program is designed to enhance the knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by providing Australian undergraduates the opportunity to study and undertake internships in the region.

The 2018 New Colombo Plan mobility grants will support 13,000 undergraduates from 40 Australian universities to live, study and complete internships in 35 countries across the Indo-Pacific region.

The Australian Government has committed over $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan, which includes both the mobility grants program as well as a prestigious scholarships program.