New Colombo Plan scholarship to give student international work and study experience

June 14 / 139

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove (left), science student John Gilbertson (centre) and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop (right).
Governor-General Peter Cosgrove (left), science student John Gilbertson (centre) and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop (right).

Bachelor of Science student John Gilbertson has received a New Colombo Plan scholarship which will see him undertake an exchange to the National University of Singapore.

The New Colombo Plan provides scholarships for undergraduate students to live and study abroad in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore or Hong Kong.

The scholarships include short-term work placements to provide industry experience.

Mr Gilbertson said the scholarship would give him an excellent opportunity to experience a different culture, meet new friends and academic contacts that would help him to shape his future learning and career.

“I look forward to experiencing different teaching styles, professors and learning in a different environment,” he said.

“I hope it will give me a new perspective.”

Mr Gilbertson was among 40 undergraduate students to receive the scholarships, which were presented by Governor-General and New Colombo Plan Patron Peter Cosgrove and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Richard James said the University was thrilled Mr Gilbertson was one of the inaugural New Colombo scholars. 

“The University is deeply committed to global engagement, especially in the Asian region,” he said.

“The New Colombo Plan provides one avenue for University of Melbourne students to benefit from a significant international study experience.”

Education Minister Christopher Pyne said the plan would give future leaders experience which would give them a global edge in business or in government careers.

 “A foreign country rich with culture, language and a vast array of new and interesting experiences provides an invaluable learning environment for Australian students,” Mr Pyne said.

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