Students setting sail for the Indo-Pacific

More than 600 RMIT students are set to participate in 36 unique projects across 13 countries as part of a Federal Government mobility program.

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program is designed to support the Australian Government’s commitment to deepen two-way engagement between Australia and the Indo-Pacific, and provides young Australians with the experience of living, studying and working in the region.

Director of Global Entities and Experience, Gerard Shanahan, said that participating in the program supported RMIT’s goal to prepare students for the globalised world of work, and would assist in creating a new generation of leaders with a deep understanding of, and enduring networks across, the Indo-Pacific.

“RMIT has a strategic commitment to the region and aims to provide students with access to programs that extend their learning experiences,” he said.

“The projects that students will participate in cover a wide range of areas and countries, and will serve to really broaden their global learning opportunities.”

Students will have the opportunity to gain work experience across a variety of locations and projects including tackling environmental challenges in China; water sanitation and waste management in remote Fijian communities; land, language and development in India and sustainable and affordable housing in Myanmar.

Added to that are opportunities including – but not limited to – an industrial design intensive in Japan; digital media creative collaborations in Malaysia; semester exchanges in Taiwan and Singapore; summer school in the Republic of Korea and a UN study tour in Vietnam.

One in five students undertaking semester-length New Colombo Plan mobility projects will receive language-training grants – a new initiative announced earlier this year.

In 2019, the New Colombo Plan is expected to support 11,817 students across 40 universities, 36 locations and 792 mobility projects in the Indo-Pacific.

Access more information about global study and work opportunities at RMIT, including New Colombo Plan projects.

Story: Shelley Brady

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