New Colombo Plan strengthens global connections

Friday, 13 July 2018


The Australian Government has awarded the University of Newcastle $1,267,750 million in funding under the 2019 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

Shanghai - Conor Ashleigh
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Funding will support 334 University of Newcastle students to undertake 23 mobility projects in 15 countries across the Indo-Pacific region, with the University leading five cross-institutional projects addressing global environment, health and business topics.

Established in 2014, the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program aims to deepen two-way engagement between Australia and the Indo-Pacific by providing undergraduate students with a variety of exchange opportunities in 40 host locations.

Successful students from the University of Newcastle will study and undertake internships in Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vietnam.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Advancement, Winnie Eley, said she was delighted to see so many exceptional students take up the opportunity to advance their knowledge in fields of global relevance.

“Through international mobility, this program enables our students to enter the work force with greater cultural awareness and a deep understanding of our neighbouring regions and beyond.

“This experience not only fosters the next generation of global citizens, but also provides students with professional and personal connections that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” Mrs Eley said.

New Colombo Plan 2019 Student Mobility Grant Projects led by:

  • Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment – Understanding sustainable development and resilience in South Korea
  • Professor Sally Chan, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Promoting cultural competency – East meets West in community care in China
  • Dr Sara Geale, Faculty of Health and Medicine – A team approach to improving the health of children and young people who are in need in Cambodia
  • The Wollotuka Institute, Aboriginal professional practice and Indigenous culture in the Solomon Islands
  • Dr Sally Hewat, Faculty of Education and Arts – Speech pathology in Mainland China
  • Dr Daphne James, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Medical radiation science multi-professional student placement in Vietnam
  • Dr Philip Matthias, Faculty of Education and Arts – Indigenous Tongan oral tradition
  • Mr Shaun McCarthy and Dr Bin Li, Faculty of Business and Law - Clinical legal education in China
  • iLead+, UON Global, iLEAD Plus global leadership experience in India
  • Ms Jacqueline Svenson, Dr Liam Phelan and Mr Daniel Matas, Faculty of Business and Law – Climate connections across the Pacific in Tuvalu and Fiji
  • Associate Professor Pamela van der Riet, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Thai cultural study healthcare program in Thailand
  • Professor SueAnne Ware, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - Tactical urbanism GZ in China
  • Dr Deborah Wise, Faculty of Education and Arts – Advancing Australian public relations student’s understanding of professional practice in Indonesia
  • UON Global – Semester exchange in Singapore
  • UON Global – Semester exchange, internship and language training in China
  • UON Global – Semester exchange and language training in Japan
  • UON Global – Semester exchange in Republic of Korea
  • UON Global – Semester exchange in Malaysia

UON-led cross-institutional projects:

  • Dr Elena Aydos, Faculty of Business and Law – Environmental regulation in Australia and Japan
  • Dr Lyn Ebert, Faculty of Health and Medicine – Growing health partnerships globally in China
  • Dr Silvia Frisia, Faculty of Science – Global changes impacts in the South Pacific: Field study in the Cook Islands
  • Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts, Faculty of Science – Cultural awareness through tropical ecology and forest rehabilitation in Indonesia
  • Dr Marcus Rodrigs, Faculty of Business and Law – Intensive business and finance project in Malaysia

In 2019, the New Colombo Plan will support 11,817 students from 40 Australian universities to take part in 792 mobility projects across 36 host locations in the Indo-Pacific region.

The awarded funding to the University of Newcastle for 2019 represents 4.42 per cent of the $28.7 million offered overall, which is an increase from 4.36 per cent awarded in 2018.