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Curtin students awarded New Colombo Plan Scholarships

Media release

Two Curtin University students have been awarded scholarships for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCP) for 2017, a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia.

img_0521Curtin students, Ms Georgia Ivers and Mr Jesse Tucek, are among the 100 successful recipients for the program which provides opportunities for outstanding young Australian undergraduate students to undertake long-term overseas study and internships in the Indo-Pacific location.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Jill Downie congratulated the scholarship recipients, adding the scholarship program supported undergraduate students who demonstrated academic excellence and provided ongoing leadership support within the community.

“The NCP Scholarship Program is a prestigious and highly competitive scholarship and we are delighted that two Curtin students have been accepted into this program for 2017,” Professor Downie said.

“It is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to study overseas in the Indo-Pacific region and develop industry connections that will assist them with their future careers and aspirations.”

The program allows undergraduate students to increase their knowledge and to deepen the relationship between Australia and 38 participating Indo-Pacific locations. It also encourages them to become more regionally aware and graduate skilled and work ready.

Ms Georgia Ivers, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Curtin, said she is looking forward to undertaking a semester long overseas study at City University of Hong Kong.

“I am excited to go on my exchange as a Scholar, as it will allow me to be part of a network of amazing individuals and the internship will help to boost my employability,” Ms Ivers said.

Mr Jesse Tucek, Bachelor of Science and Arts student (majoring in Chemistry and Japanese), said he planned to undertake two semesters of overseas study – one at Hokkaido University and the other at Wakayama University in Japan.

“I am looking forward to spending next year overseas in Japan and plan to develop both professional and personal connections during my time abroad,” Mr Tucek said.

The New Colombo Plan program, launched in 2014, continues to grow each year and has developed an active alumni community for students to share their knowledge and experiences and proactively promote the NCP goals.

The NCP is open to Australian undergraduates aged 18 to 28 studying at Australian universities.

For more information visit http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/scholarship-program/Pages/scholarship-program.aspx