Australian Consulate-General
Hong Kong
Also accredited to Macau

Media Release 20180829

2019 New Colombo Plan: Australian Mobility Grants in Hong Kong 

29 Aug 2018 – Australian students continue to seize opportunities to live, study and undertake language training and internships in Hong Kong under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program.

“In 2019, the Australian Government is supporting 456 students to participate in 39 projects in Hong Kong, creating a new generation of young Australians with a strong understanding of and enduring connections to this nation,” Australian Consul-General Michaela Browning said.

“They will take part in a diverse range of projects in areas such as aviation, Asia study, business management, bioscience, cultural heritage, food, health, innovation, paramedic science, smart cities and water resources management.”

Consul-General Michaela Browning said the New Colombo Plan was an increasingly important element of Australia’s relationship with Hong Kong.

As outlined in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the New Colombo Plan is a practical manifestation of the Australian Government’s commitment to learn from its neighbours in the Indo-Pacific.

 “We are pleased that Australian students want to deepen their understanding of the people, the business environment and the culture in Hong Kong,” Consul-General Michaela Browning said.

“They will join a growing cohort of emerging leaders in Australia with personal and professional networks in Hong Kong, who will contribute to the relationship between our two countries for decades to come.”

In 2019, the New Colombo Plan will support 11,817 students from 40 universities across Australia to take part in 792 mobility projects in 36 Indo-Pacific host locations.

The returning students from the 2019 mobility projects will increase the New Colombo Plan alumni to around 40,000 young Australians with experience of living, studying and undertaking work experience in the Indo-Pacific.

 

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