New Colombo Plan Project:

Australian students’ learning in and engagement with the Indo-Pacific

Australia’s future is increasingly connected with the Indo-Pacific region. Preparing young Australians to learn and understand about the people, cultures, societies as well as professional practices of this region is critical to Australia’s economy and prosperity. This Future Fellowship project, funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council to the value of $809,051, explores Australian students’ learning in and engagement with the Indo-Pacific through the New Colombo Plan (NCP) program. Using a multi-method research design, it examines two issues of vital importance for universities and the nation: (1) the learning and engagement of Australian students in the Indo-Pacific; and (2) the effects of their learning and regional engagement. The project addresses a critical need to have nuanced understandings of the longer term impacts of mobility experiences in the region for all students and for the possibility of using student mobility to the Indo-Pacific as a mechanism of public diplomacy. It aims to generate practical recommendations based on sound theoretical perspectives and multi-dimensional empirical research that looks closely at different stakeholder views.

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Asialink: New Colombo Plan builds an Asia-capable workforce

Scope Global: New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

The Global Student

International Student Graduate Employability

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Aim Overseas

Asia Options