University of Newcastle (UON) awarded $1,620,300 in new funding to support 461 students to participate in 31 New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility projects.

New Colombo Plan grants growing global citizens

Friday, 25 August 2017


The Australian Government has awarded the University of Newcastle (UON) $1,620,300 in new funding to support 461 students to participate in 31 New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility projects across 17 countries and territories in the Indo-Pacific region in 2018.

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UON will also receive funding as the lead institution in eight cross-institutional projects.

Successful UON students will  take part in study, practicums and research through the support of the 2018 New Colombo Plan Scholarships and Student Mobility Grants Projects.

Scholars across all UON faculties will deliver projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor International & Advancement, Winnie Eley, said the University’s success in the 2018 New Colombo Plan funding round would provide life-changing opportunities for its exceptional students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in fields of global relevance.

"UON believes the international mobility of our students is key to educating graduates who are ready to go out into the world and solve the many challenges facing it.

“Participating in this program will give our students a greater cultural awareness and contribute to their preparedness to enter the workforce and build global perspectives. Our students will also make professional and personal connections that will stay with them throughout their lifetime.

“It is hoped that through these experiences, a new generation of Australians will gain an in-depth knowledge of our region, helping to influence Australia's future prosperity,” Mrs Eley said.

New Colombo Plan 2018 Scholarships and Student Mobility Grant Projects led by:

  • Dr Elena Aydos, Faculty of Business and Law – Cultural identities shaping environmental regulation in Japan
  • Dr Michael Baker, Faculty of Science – Podiatry and exercise science in India
  • Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment – Understanding sustainable development and resilience in the Republic of Korea
  • Professor Sally Chan, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Chronic disease in China
  • Professor Sally Chan, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Promoting cultural competency in aged care in Hong Kong
  • Dr Lyn Ebert, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Strengthening SE Asian partnerships through midwifery education in China
  • Dr Sarah Yeun-Sim Jeong, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Nursing, midwifery, oral health and early childhood & primary teaching clinical practice in Vanuatu
  • Dr Sarah Yeun-Sim Jeong, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Clinical experience with cancer and community care in Japan
  • Dr Patricia Johnston, Faculty of Business and Law – International work placement in China
  • Dr Catherine Johnston, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Developing allied health partnerships through clinical placement in Cambodia
  • Academic Division – Accelerating entrepreneurial skills in Singapore
  • Dr I-Fang Lee, Faculty of Education and Arts – Semester in Hong Kong
  • Professor Brett Neilan, Faculty of Science – Bioactive natural products in Papua New Guinea
  • Dr Tim Roberts, Faculty of Science – Cultural awareness through proboscis money ecology in Indonesia
  • Dr Marcus Rodrigs, Faculty of Business and Law – Business project in Singapore
  • Dr Nicola Ross, Faculty of Business and Law – International family and children’s law in Cambodia
  • Dr Kevin Sobel-Read, Faculty of Business and Law – Legal studies internships in the Cook Islands
  • Dr Hao Tan, Faculty of Business and Law – Industry-focused tour in China
  • Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Oral health and nursing clinical placement in Indonesia
  • Ms Joanne Walters and Ms Gwendalyn Webb, Faculty of Education and Arts – Speech pathology in Fiji
  • UON Global – Semester and internship in China
  • UON Global – Semester in Japan
  • UON Global – Semester in Singapore

UON-led cross-institutional projects:

  • Mrs Kimberley Parsons, Faculty of Health and Medicine – projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka

In 2018, the Australian Government will support around 13,000 students from 40 Australian universities and 41 consortia to undertake 882 New Colombo Plan mobility projects in 35 locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan