In Australia, Vanuatu is well-known as an amazing holiday destination.
Radio Vanuatu reports now, the Australian government is aiming to deepen Australian’s understanding of one of its nearest neighbours through Australia’s New Colombo Plan.
Launched in 2014, the New Colombo Plan enables Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships or have access to a mobility program grant for short-term study, internships, mentorships and research in Vanuatu and across the Indo-Pacific region. Vanuatu was one of the first countries to participate in the program and will welcome over 90 Australian students in 2017.
“I’m really pleased that the Australian Government provides opportunities for ni-Vanuatu to study in Australia through the Australia Awards, but also that the New Colombo Plan gives Australian students the opportunity to study in Vanuatu”, said the Australian High Commissioner, Jeremy Bruer.
“New Colombo Plan mobility students will return to Australia with new insights and understanding about Vanuatu and new friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Mr Bruer.
The New Colombo Plan was designed to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific and to provide life-changing opportunities for Australia’s future leaders, with many participants reporting that the New Colombo Plan has given their academic and career aspirations a greater regional focus.
Photo: 2015 New Colombo Plan Scholars with representatives from their host organisations and the Australian High Commissioner, Jeremy Bruer.
Source: Radio Vanuatu
By Staff Reporter : PNG Today