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2019 New Colombo Plan Thailand mobility grants

26 Jul 2018

Australian students continue to seize opportunities to live, study and undertake language training and internships in Thailand under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program.

“In 2019, the Australian Government is supporting 398 students to participate in 32 projects in Thailand, creating a new generation of young Australians with a strong understanding of and enduring connections to this nation,” Australian Ambassador to Thailand HE Mr Paul Robilliard said.

“They will take part in a diverse range of projects, ranging from water and sanitary engineering to education.”

Ambassador Robilliard said the New Colombo Plan was an increasingly important element of Australia’s relationship with Thailand.

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 of Thailand,” Ambassador Robilliard said.

They will join a growing cohort of emerging leaders in Australia with personal and professional networks in Thailand, 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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