Murdoch students awarded dream international scholarships

December 12, 2017

International education: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with NCP scholars from Murdoch University (Photo: DFAT)

Four Murdoch University students will travel to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and Indonesia in 2018 to gain new knowledge and capabilities after receiving New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships.

Recently announced in Canberra by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham, the NCP Scholarships are a signature initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The NCP aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

Murdoch undergraduates Kate Thresher (Indonesia), Daniel Hay-Henry (Japan), Alice Barber (South Korea)and Lucy Stronach (Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) were among 120 high-achieving undergraduate students awarded NCP scholarships, allowing them to view the world through an entirely different lens as they navigate different countries and culture.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism student Lucy Stronach was also awarded the Sri Lankan Fellowship as the strongest candidate of all students going to this location.

She intends to study in Sri Lanka and do internships with the United Nations in Thailand and the Blue Dragon Children’s foundation in Vietnam, which aims to care for Vietnamese children by combating issues such as human trafficking, and offering structured support and development.

“The New Colombo Plan gives me a once in a lifetime opportunity to see how other states and societies tackle issues of crime, violence, harm and justice, allowing me to expand my knowledge base in a practical sense,” Lucy said.

“Having the opportunity to network throughout Asia, form bonds with people from across the world and immerse myself in the fields of security and criminal justice in a new and vastly different context to my own is such an exciting prospect.”

Deputy Vice Chancellor – International Lyn Karstadt said the international experience is invaluable to Murdoch students.

“We enable our students to be mobile to enhance their international experience and global identities,” Professor Karstadt said.

“Through our academic activities we are a globally connected university, and are particularly engaged with the Asia and Indo-Pacific zones.

“Through the New Colombo Plan and the opportunities afforded to our staff and students, we seek to strengthen our existing deep connections through education and research.

“I am thrilled for the latest group of scholars from Murdoch University, and the enriched learning and personal growth they will experience through the Federal Government’s signature initiative.”

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