New Colombo Plan: Australian students’ learning in and engagement with Asia

Australia’s future is increasingly connected with Asia. 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 explores Australian students’ learning in and engagement with Asia 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 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) students in Asia; 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 Asia for all students and for the possibility of using student mobility to Asia 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

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