Beyond the ‘normal’ to the ‘new possibles’

Reverse mobility is the phenomenon through which students from developed countries undertake international study experience or internships in developing countries. As a government signature initiative of mobility and public diplomacy commenced in 2014, the New Colombo Plan will have sent about 31,000 Australian students to study and undertake internships across 35 countries in the Indo-Pacific by the end of 2018.

Our new article analysed the impact of the New Colombo Plan experience on Australian students' career and life orientation, their definition and re-definition of both personal and professional identities and their connection with the Indo-Pacific. The article introduced the concepts ‘mobility as becoming’ and ‘mobility as connecting’ for understanding Australian students’ learning and engagement with Asia. This is part of a pilot study and a subsequent Future Fellowship project led by Ly Tran on students' learning in and engagement with Asia through the New Colombo Plan funded by the Australian Research Council. The full content of the paper can be accessed via the link: