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Macquarie University students receive Australian Government New Colombo Plan study grant

In 2017, Macquarie University undergraduate students will receive an Australian Government grant to study and undertake work-based learning in the Indo-Pacific.

“I am delighted that the Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program will support 171 University students to study in our region,” John Alexander MP said.

“Our students will return home with new insights and understanding of Indo-Pacific that will help them to contribute to the economic and cultural life of Macquarie Uni and Australia,” he said.

Macquarie University New Colombo Plan Mobility Projects include:

  • 10 students from various academic disciplines will gain work experience in the fields of analytical big data information management, mobility, robotics and artificial intelligence through internships with TATA Consultancy Services in India; and
  • 5 students from the Faculty of Arts will have the opportunity to complete a semester exchange focused on Pacific literature and writing offerings at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

“These are exciting projects that demonstrate the capacity and drive of our local students.”

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.

More than 7,400 Australian students will study and undertake work-based learning in the Indo-Pacific region in 2017 under the New Colombo Plan mobility program, taking the total number of students supported by the program in its first four years to more than 17,000.

Mobility projects take place across all academic disciplines, and range from short-term study programs to semester-length study and internships. The New Colombo Plan also includes a scholarship program, which will support around 100 students in 2017.

“I encourage students to talk to their universities about opportunities to study and undertake work placements in the region under the New Colombo Plan,” John Alexander said.

For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit