New Colombo Plan Scholarships

29 May 2014

Seven outstanding, undergraduate students from the University of Newcastle (UON) have been awarded scholarships to study in Singapore this year under the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan.

One thousand students have been chosen from Universities across Australia to travel to the Indo-Pacific region. UON scholarship recipient and Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management student, Edward Munnings, said it was a valuable opportunity.

"This is a great chance to challenge my own boundaries in language, to see how I can perform in exciting unfamiliar situations in a new place and to get a taste for the culture of a region which is so important to us, but often overlooked in Australia," Edward said.

The mobility funding scholarships are a component of the Australian Government's commitment to fostering closer relationships with Australia's neighbours in the Indo-Pacific region.

The seven students from UON awarded the scholarships include Tania Ton Nu, Bonnie Elsley, David Martin, Sheena Burce, Edward Munnings, Vanessa Bailey and Cherie Colyer-Morris. The scholars will commence their overseas experience in July this year.

UON scholarship recipient and Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts student, Bonnie Elsley said the opportunity will be beneficial to her personal development.

"I am so happy to be given the opportunity to live and study in a new city and hopefully make some life-long friends along the way. I am looking forward to exploring Singapore and immersing myself in a different culture," she said.

The New Colombo Plan will provide $100 million in funding over five years, supporting Australian undergraduate students to pursue semester-based and short-term study, teaching practicums, research, clinical placements, internships and mentorships across a range of disciplines in the Indo-Pacific region.

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