Five New Colombo Plan Scholars head to placements in Asia this year

February 16 / 174

Five University of Melbourne students are among 100 scholars chosen by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to take part in the 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCP).

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced this year’s successful NCP recipients for the 2016 round in Canberra in December. 

Scholars, who are Australian undergraduate students, are chosen on the basis of their academic performance, community leadership and a proven commitment to forging long-term relationships in the Indo-Pacific region, and undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships.

The successful students are: Xavier Ekkel from the Faculty of Business and Economics who’ll be studying at Seoul National University in South Korea; Nick Modrzewski from the VCA, who will travel to Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore; Arts student Sayle Johnston who will visit Indonesia’s Universitas Katolik Parahyangan; Emily-Rose Guarnuccio from the Faculty of Arts who will study at Tsinghua University in China, and Arts’ Laura Porter-Jacobs who will visit Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia.

Melbourne Global Mobility Program Manager Rachel Wellam says the scholarships are great opportunities for the students to develop networks, extend their academic world-views and experience cross-cultural education.

“It’s a great honour and a great opportunity these students have, and one which will hopefully encourage a lifetime of lasting friendships and professional engagement in our region.”

More about the Colombo Plan here.

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