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Australian students take on studies and work placements

Released at: 11:13, 06/09/2017

Australian students take on studies and work placements

Australian students visited Thang Long Citadel in Hanoi in 2016. Photo: Embassy of Australia:

More Australian students to head to Vietnam in 2018 under Australian Government's New Colombo Plan mobility program.

by Le Diem

Nearly 800 Australian students will take part in 30 projects in Vietnam, ranging from Human Welfare Studies and Services to Urban Design and Regional Planning, as the New Colombo Plan goes from strength-to-strength across the region.

The students from 18 Australian universities expect to learn more about the people and the culture of Vietnam, according to Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Craig Chittick. They will return to Australia with new friendships and connections that will last a lifetime, as well as new perspectives on Vietnam that will contribute to the relationship between the two countries for decades to come.

A total of 161 Australian students came to Vietnam in 2014 when the New Colombo Plan began. Three years later, the figure has grown five-fold, to 1,539 students, who will have experienced Vietnam by the end of 2018. The reason why Vietnam attracts many Australian students can be found through the story of Alli Devlin, a New Colombo Plan scholar to Vietnam, on the Embassy’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2xKGvl0. Registrations to offer internships and mentorships can be made at https://ncpbusiness.dfat.gov.au/Account/RegisterOrganisation.aspx.

“I am very pleased that more and more Vietnamese businesses and organizations are offering internships and mentorships to Australian students,” Ambassador Chittick said. “At no cost, they can harness the skills of talented young Australians for specific projects and access graduates and their networks, who may be valuable future employees.”

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge about the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. It is intended to be transformational, deepening Australia’s relationships in the region both at the individual level and through expanding university, business and other links.

In 2018, more than 13,000 Australian students will take part in New Colombo Plan mobility projects in 35 locations across the Indo-Pacific. The New Colombo Plan is helping the next generation of Australian leaders learn more about the region by supporting students to study and undertake work placements.

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