Australian students urged to add Singapore to their studies

March 14, 2017

Murdoch is urging its Australian students to apply for New Colombo Plan funding to study and work in Singapore.

Murdoch is urging its Australian students to apply for New Colombo Plan funding to study and work in Singapore.

Australian students are being urged to open their minds to the cultural, educational and professional opportunities offered by studying in Singapore.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at a function on Monday 13 March to celebrate the New Colombo Plan in the Lion City.

The Plan is an Australian initiative designed to increase knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

“Our goal is to be Western Australia’s global university and we know that means encouraging our students to be global as well,” Professor Leinonen said.

“Travelling for study enriches a student’s education and gives them enormous insights into the important relationships we hold in our region.

“We are thrilled to welcome hundreds of Singaporean students each year to Perth, but believe more Australian students should take advantage of the excellent education offerings on their doorstep.”

Murdoch University has more than 6,000 students enrolled at its Singapore campus, making it the biggest foreign university in the city state.

This weekend another 500 Murdoch students graduated in one of five ceremonies to be held this year in Singapore.

“Students expect quality education that can provide them with a pathway into the careers of their choice and that’s what we are delighted to be able to deliver,” she said.

“Our Singapore campus continues to grow and our graduates are achieving outstanding results, making them highly employable here and elsewhere in the world.”

The New Colombo Plan builds on a successful program from the 1950s that saw the best and brightest across South East Asia travel to Australia to study.

Professor Leinonen said it was time for Australians to take the opposite journey, looking to Australia’s nearest neighbours for additional experiences and knowledge as part of their studies.

“More than 17,500 students will have been funded by the New Colombo plan by the end of 2017, including 7,400 students and 105 scholarship recipients travelling for study or work,” she said.

“We have seen many of our early childhood education students, for example, travel to Singapore to undertake internships in an entirely different education environment.

“They return to Australia better equipped to tackle the challenges in their profession and they speak highly of the quality of education and welcome they received.”

In 2017, Murdoch received funding for eight New Colombo Plan projects in five countries, making it possible for 64 students to travel for study or internships.

Fields provided with grants under Murdoch’s funding include engineering, agricultural science, teacher education and forensic science.

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