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Bags are packed and tickets issued for four of Curtin’s urban and regional planning students, who are set to leave Perth to work with international design studio HASSELL in Hong Kong and Singapore.

New Colombo Plan scholarship recipients
L-R: Lecturer Jake Schapper; scholarship recipients Benjamin Richardson, Michael Tran, Alice Baldock and Yasmin Harris; Assistant Director of Private Sector Engagement, David Momcilovic; and Principal, HASSELL, Chris Melsom.

As recipients of New Colombo Plan scholarships, Alice Baldock, Yasmin Harris, Benjamin Richardson and Michael Tran will work alongside HASSELL’s industry experts on public transportation projects in the two cities.

HASSELL is an award-winning international studio with offices across Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. Locally, the studio is best known for the design of the Fiona Stanley Hospital and the new 60,000-seat Perth Stadium currently being built on the Burswood foreshore.

Artist's impression of Perth Stadium

“This opportunity will allow our students to take their learning across borders,” says Associate Professor Simon Leunig, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International.

“It is a chance for them to build their knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region and strengthen the relationship between Australia and our international neighbours.”

About the New Colombo Plan

In its third year, New Colombo Plan project is run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The project aims to foster a two-way flow of students between Australia and the Indo-Pacific, and part of this involves offering 100 scholarships for internships and mentorships at 38 host locations for periods of up to one year. While application dates for the 2017 round have yet to be released, the process typically begins in July.

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