Australian Consulate-General
Hong Kong
Macau

MEDIA:Media Release 20170905

Media Release

Hong Kong a popular desination for young Aussie students

Hong Kong remains one of the most popular destinations for undergraduate students participating in the Australian Government’s signature New Colombo Plan student mobility program.

Consul-General Michaela Browning said a record number of Australian students from 23 universities will travel to Hong Kong to study and undertake work placements during 2018.

“Nearly 500 young Australians will take part in 39 projects in Hong Kong next year in a range of exciting fields including building, creative arts, civil engineering, commerce, hospitality, international law, nursing, political science and urban planning”, Ms Browning said.

Ms Browning said the diversity of projects shows the breadth of common interests between Australia and Hong Kong and will give young Australians the chance to learn more about the people and culture of Hong Kong.

They will return to Australia with new friendships and connections that will last a lifetime, as well as new perspectives on Hong Kong that will contribute to the future relationship between our communities,” Ms Browning said.

The ongoing support of the business sector in Australia, Hong Kong and the region is crucial to the success of the New Colombo Plan.

Ms Browning also thanked the Hong Kong Government for its ongoing support of the program. 

Internships, mentorships and practicums provide students with opportunities to test their skills in real life situations, build cross-cultural competencies and develop professional networks.

In 2018, more than 13,000 Australian students will take part in New Colombo Plan mobility projects in 35 locations across the Indo-Pacific.

For more information on the New Colombo Plan and business opportunities to support the program, visit www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan or follow @NewColomboPlan on Twitter. 

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CONSULATE-GENERAL MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mr Gavin McDougall Tel: +852 2585 4418
Ms Simmy Lam Tel: +852 2585 4482
Email: PublicAffairsHK@dfat.gov.au