Eighty Australian students to study in Samoa next year under the New Colombo Plan

NCP students, Eve-Sorrelle Bailey (left) and Ebony Gardiner meeting Australia Minister of Education & Training, Hon. Christopher Pyne at an APTC hosted luncheon for Samoa’s education sector and Australia Awards Alumni last week.

APIA, SAMOA FRIDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2015: Eighty Australian undergraduate students will live, study and undertake work placements in Samoa next year (2016) under Australia’s New Colombo Plan.

The students will study and undertake projects in a broad range of areas including Teacher Education, Journalism, Civil Engineering, Nutrition and Geography. They will gain experience of Samoa through internships and mentorships.

New Colombo Plan mobility projects in Samoa include:

  • Charles Sturt University education students will run sports training clinics in primary and secondary schools.
  • James Cook University multi-media students will learn about journalism at the National University of Samoa and from local news agencies.
  • University of Sydney engineering students will undertake civil engineering internships with focus on sustainable development.
  • University of Canberra nutrition students will study how to address the dual burden of under- and over-nutrition.
  • University of New South Wales Australian Defence Cadets will investigate how geographers conduct their research in Samoa.
  • University of Technology, Sydney, student teachers will take ten days of training in Samoan classrooms, collaborating with the University of the South Pacific.

These exciting projects demonstrate the many opportunities for Australian students to deepen their academic and life experiences through study and work placements in Samoa. New Colombo Plan mobility students will return to Australia with new insights and understanding about Samoa and new friendships that will last a lifetime.

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.

The 80 students to be supported by 2016 mobility grants are in addition to 42 Australian undergraduate students to be supported in 2015. The first two students under Australia’s New Columbo Plan, Eve-Sorrelle Bailey and Ebony Gardiner, from the University of Wollongong’s Graduate Medical School, arrived in Samoa on the weekend.

The two students met Samoa’s Minister for Education, Sports and Culture, the honourable Magele Mauiliu Magele and Australia’s Minister for Education and Training, the Honourable Christopher Pyne MP, at a function on 1 September. Eve and Ebony are in Samoa for six weeks to undertake a medical placement at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital at Motootua.

The Australian Government has committed AUD 100 million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan.

For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan or follow @NewColomboPlan