Big year for New Colombo Plan exchange opportunities

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Indonesian language students from Flinders on tour in 2014.

Almost 200 Flinders University students will have the opportunity to take part in 18 projects in the Asia-Pacific region next year under the expanded $20 million New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

Flinders has been successful in obtaining $772,200 to assist 192 students to participate in a wide range of study, practicums and research placements in Indonesia, China, Fiji, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Brunei and the Philippines.

The latest round more than doubled the 2015 funding, with a total with 18 of 29 applications successful in 2016, or a 62% success rate. In 2015, 65 Flinders students were able to support seven projects with $255,750 in funding.

Professor Nancy Cromar, Flinders’ Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), says the travel grants offer “life-changing experiences for students”.

“I urge our students to get involved and gain invaluable experiences which are critically important in today’s increasingly globalised world,” says Professor Cromar.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm that Flinders has been extremely successful in its application for the 2016 funding round.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the University in a year when $20 million will be available to Australian undergraduate students to engage with the Indo-Pacific region.”

China was the top-funded destination (with placements for 46 students) followed by Indonesia (49 students), Singapore (15 students) and Fiji (30 students).

The Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan funding is designed to offset some costs to students participating in a short-term mobility or semester-length study program in 2016-17.

Subsidies of between $1,000 and $3,000 are awarded for short-term projects, while between $5,000 and $7,000 is available for semester-length activities.

Flinders International Centre is working with various faculties and project leaders to promote the scholarships for students to take up in 2016-17.

See the full Flinders University list on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade People-to-People New Colombo Plan webpage, or contact Student Mobility Manager Daniel Mather for Flinders University applications.

Flinders New Colombo Plan opportunities 2016 – projects in brief:


  • Complementary therapies and the roles of nurses in China – understanding the Chinese culture in a health context (short-term study with practicum)
  • Introduction to China’s law and legal system (short-term study)
  • Blue environment sensing, output and processing in Shandong Province (semester study with internship and research)


  • Indonesian education, culture and language immersion program (short-term study with practicum)
  • Understanding Islam in Indonesia (short-term study)
  • Indonesian law and legal system: an introduction (short-term study)
  • Indonesia: Intercultural and international workplace competencies (short-term study)


  • Singapore field education (semester placement)
  • Using plasma technology to produce next generation silicon solar cells (short-term study with internship and research)
  • Engineering internships with Nanyang Polytechnic (semester study with practicum)
  • Semester exchange plus internship (Nanyang Technological University)


  • Biodiversity and ecosystem health across the Pacific (short-term with internship and research)


  • Development of Indian students in sports activities – a collaboration with the Indian Sports Authority to deliver training in coaching and events management using cricket as the tool for engagement (short-term practicum)
  • IRU Scholars in Asia – AIC Internship


  • Nepal Development Program (short-term study)


  • Short-term disability focused practicum placements in Brunei Darussalam


  • Tayo na at Mag-aral sa Pilipinas (TaMaPi) – Let’s go and study in the Philippines (semester placement)


  • Neural networks as applied to social behaviour (short-term study with internship and research)

Contact Daniel Mather,

Student Mobility Manager, International Centre, Flinders University

Tel: +61 8 201 5834


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