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New Colombo Plan scholars for 2015 announced

The New Colombo Plan Scholars (NCP) for 2015 have been announced by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Education Minister Christopher Pyne. The 69 outstanding undergraduate students was awarded the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarships to live, study and work in one of 17 locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

Minister Bishop said the recipients had demonstrated academic excellence, a strong commitment to engaging with our neighbours and the character to represent Australia with distinction.

Minister Pyne said the scholars came from 23 universities across all states and territories, reflecting the strong interest of universities and students—and the broader community—in strengthening ties with the region.

“The scholars will study in a wide range of disciplines including language and culture, law, business, engineering and natural sciences, with nearly all scholars planning to undertake an internship or a mentorship,” he said.

QUT’s NCP scholars are:

  • Joel Adsett studying Bachelor of Business (Finance)/ Bachelor of Laws. Joel will undertake a five-month internship with Cardno Emerging Markets in Indonesia.
  • Brian Joseph studying Bachelor of Electrial Engineering. Brian will undertake an internship through the Nanyang Technological University’s Work Experience Programme in Singapore.
QUT student Joel Adsett receives his certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Photos by DFAT
QUT student Joel Adsett receives his New Colombo Plan Scholarship certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. (Photos by DFAT)

 

QuT student Brian Joseph receives his New Colombo Plan Scholarship certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
QUT student Brian Joseph receives his New Colombo Plan Scholarship certificate from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. (Photos by DFAT)

The New Colombo Plan started in 2014 when it supported 40 scholars and more than 1300 mobility students. The Australian Government has committed $100million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan.

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