Hundreds of Flinders students New Colombo Plan winners

More than 200 Flinders University students will have the opportunity for life-changing experiences overseas thanks to another bumper year of funding success under the 2018 round of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program.

The Australian Government today announced Flinders would receive more than $733,000 in funding to support 217 students to participate in 16 mobility projects across the Indo-Pacific during 2018.

In addition to this funding, Flinders University will receive $751,300 for the next term of 12 multi-year projects from previous rounds.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Sebastian Raneskold says living and studying overseas presents students with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture while continuing their tertiary study at one of Flinders University’s 80+ overseas partner universities.

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

“In total, Flinders will have access to $1,570,800 in funding to support 420 students in 2018-19 which is a fantastic achievement,” he says.

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internship/mentorship undertaken by Australian undergraduate grant recipients in the region.

Available funding is designed to offset some of the costs to students participating in a short-term mobility or semester length study program in 2018. Subsidies are awarded between $1,000 and $3,000 for short term projects and $5,000 and $7,000 for semester length projects.

Lynda Worthaisong, Head of the New Colombo Plan Secretariat, said there was a high level of university engagement under the 2018 round.

“In allocating funding, consideration was given to projects prioritised by the applicants. Strong applications engaged with the strategic objectives of the program, supported deep and genuine learning about the host location, involved longer-term study and were supported by private sector organisations,” Ms Worthaisong says.

The range of single-year and multi-year projects covered by this latest round of funding to Flinders University stretches across many fields of study. Natural and physical sciences, health, education, society and culture, creative arts, management and commerce, engineering and mixed field programs will all have funding made available under the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

The new funding grant money will support students to study overseas in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, New Caledonia, the Philippines, People’s Republic of China and Thailand.

For more information go to the Learning without Borders New Colombo Plan information sessions at Flinders University in coming weeks. Check out the international study opportunities offered at Flinders here.

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