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 13 February 2014



Federal MP John Alexander has congratulated Macquarie University in Bennelong for being one of the 24 Australian universities to receive grant funding under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

The Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the plan, which will provide young people with study and internship opportunities across the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Alexander said students selected by Macquarie University to participate in the pilot program will receive mobility grants to study and participate in work experience opportunities overseas.

“I am pleased to announce local students will be part of the first band of students to take up places at universities in Hong Kong from Semester 1 this year,” he said.

“The students will undertake study experiences in the areas of Arts, Business & Economics, Science, Human Sciences and Law.” Mr Alexander said.

“This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will help equip students with the skills and experience needed to engage with the dynamic Indo-Pacific region and the students will benefit greatly from these internships and mentoring programmes”.

“Students completing the program will build professional connections and gain opportunities to link their study experience directly to career development.

“I encourage Macquarie University students to also take the opportunity to apply for one of 40 prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships for longer-term study of up to a year.”

Further information on the application process can be found at the New Colombo Plan website: