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Murdoch to broaden Indo-Pacific experiences for students

Education key driver: Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announces NCP grants, which will enable 94 Murdoch students to experience the Indo-Pacific region.

Murdoch University was today awarded $310,200 in new funding from the Australian Government to enable 94 students to participate in nine mobility projects across the Indo-Pacific in 2018.

The students will venture to Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, Japan and China as part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program [1].

Murdoch University is the lead university in three successful applications from consortia of Australian universities in the 2018 round.

Announcing the 2018 NCP Mobility Grants [2], Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop [3]and Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham [4]said education is a key driver of Australia’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

Through the NCP, a new generation of Australians are gaining in-depth knowledge of the region, forging professional and personal networks that will drive prosperity for decades to come, they said.

Murdoch University Deputy Vice Chancellor- International, Lyn Karstadt [5]was delighted to announce the New Colombo Plan funding success, with the University experiencing a 100 per cent success rate with its 2018 New Colombo Plan funding applications.

In addition to NCP Mobility Program funding, Murdoch University will also receive $310,000 for consortia projects and ongoing multi-year NCP projects.

“That means Murdoch will lead a total of 188 students, including those from other universities, who will benefit from New Colombo Plan Mobility funding in the coming years, expanding their learning in Asian Pacific destinations,” Professor Karstadt said.

Murdoch students from diverse fields of study, including creative arts, health, education, engineering and management will share the funding.

Lynda Worthaisong, head of the NCP in Canberra thanked Murdoch University for its ongoing support of the New Colombo Plan and dedication to supporting Australian student mobility in the region.

“We appreciate the hard work that goes into building partnerships with overseas institutions and organisations. We look forward to hearing about the Murdoch University students’ achievements in-country,” Mrs Worthaisong said.

The NCP aims to improve relationships within the region by providing opportunities for Australian undergraduates to study and participate in internships in the region.