Murdoch students set to benefit from international exchange program

December 4, 2014

More than 3,000 students from 37 universities will live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region during the second year of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan, with Murdoch students set to benefit from the placements on offer.

New Colombo Plan mobility grants are awarded to Australian universities to support their students to undertake semester or short-term study in the region. Murdoch University has secured 42 places in total with 12 in India, 18 in Thailand, four in Japan and eight in Singapore.

“These programmes have a particular focus on Asia and the Indo-Pacific regions, encouraging Murdoch students to undertake a short-term international education experience as part of their studies, that in turn encourages stronger relationships with international universities and partners,” said Murdoch University Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart.

“International placements can be deeply transformational for students, adding a great deal of perspective to their University journey and providing them with new experiences outside of their traditional comfort zones.

“The secondary benefit to this is of course the opportunity to enhance not only existing relationships with key partners in the Indo-Pacific Region, but establish new ties through our brightest ambassadors – Murdoch students.

“In addition, some of the initiatives with key university partners also integrate research collaborations with the program,” he said.

The Federal Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan. In its pilot year, the Plan supported more than 1300 students undertake mobility placements in four pilot locations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore.

Following the announcement of the 2015 mobility grants, Murdoch students will have access to placements in:


  • Law: ‘Current Challenges of International Law and Security’: $19,800 for six students to undertake short-term study in law and politics at OP Jindal University (JGU), Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA).
  • Engineering and Biotechnology: ‘Amazing India Contexts: Biotechnology in action’: $19,800 in funding for six students to undertake short-term study in engineering and biotechnology at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University (KIIT).


  • Nursing: ‘International Clinical Placement – Omkoi Thailand’: $33,000 in funding for 10 students to undertake clinical placements in nursing at Omkoi Hospital, Antipodeans Abroad.
  • Education: ‘International Schools in Diverse Context – an Educational Experience’: $26,400 for eight students to undertake education practicums at International Baccalaureate, Prem Tinsulanonda International School Chiang Mai.


  • Asian Studies: In country Studies in Japan: $31,900 for four students, including one internship grant, to undertake semester-based study and internships in arts and Japanese language and culture at Hokkaido University, Kwansei Gakuin University and Gakushuin University.


  • Education: ‘International Schools in Diverse Contexts –an Educational Experience: Australian International School’: $26,400 in funding for eight students to undertake education practicums at International Baccalaureate Organisation, Australian International School in Singapore.

Students are eligible to apply for placements from semester one 2015. More information is available on the Murdoch website.

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