I have launched the Australian Government’s overseas study initiative, the New Colombo Plan in Malaysia with Malaysian Minister for Foreign Affairs Dato’ Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman.

The event, held in the Australian High Commission, coincided with the 60th anniversary of Australia’s diplomatic presence in Malaysia.

The New Colombo Plan provides opportunities for Australian university students to live, study and undertake work placements in more than 35 countries across the Indo-Pacific.

This year, of the 5,500 students offered opportunities under the New Colombo Plan, more than 150 Australian students will pursue part of their undergraduate studies in Malaysia, as well as gain practical experience through internships, mentorships or work placements.

Our students will return to Australia with new insights and perspectives, a greater understanding of Malaysia and its people, new professional networks and lasting friendships.

The Australian Government has committed more than $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan, which includes both the mobility grants program as well as a prestigious scholarships program.

Since its successful pilot in 2014, the New Colombo Plan has supported around 4,600 young Australians experience this invaluable study opportunity in our region. In 2016, the program will continue to grow, offering 100 scholarships and more than 5,450 mobility grants. Within 3 years of its establishment, the New Colombo Plan will have an alumni of around 10,000 students. 

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