More than $1m for UniSA students to learn
in Indo-Pacific

UniSA students will continue a project to build visitor accommodation on Tanna Island in Vanuata thanks to funding from the New Colombo Plan.

Almost 300 UniSA students will get to study in one of Australia’s neighbouring countries next year, after UniSA was awarded more than $1 million for an Australian Government initiative to increase knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region.

UniSA will receive its biggest amount to date under the New Colombo Plan, which supports Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific.

The funding will allow 276 UniSA students to undertake study, internships, mentorships, and research in 16 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region during 2018; comprising 250 short-term programs, and 26 semester-long experiences.

UniSA received just over $1m of New Colombo Plan funding for 2018 – the highest of any institution in South Australia.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the University’s success means more opportunities for students to experience and learn from Australia’s neighbouring countries.

“The valuable overseas projects put forward by UniSA staff for funding under the New Colombo Plan has seen the University more than double the funding it will receive under the scheme,” Prof Lloyd says.

“This is an outstanding achievement and means there will be more opportunities for more students to combine study and travel in the Asia Pacific region.

“The hundreds of UniSA students who take part in a New Colombo Plan project will work with leading academics and organisations in their field of expertise, whilst helping strengthen ties with our neighbours.”

UniSA works with partner organisations across the region, such as universities, government agencies and non-government organisations, to provide opportunities for students through the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

For example, 44 UniSA students will take part in a study tour to Vanuatu in 2018 to continue a project to build visitor accommodation on Tanna Island (see the video at the top of this story), in partnership with the Port Resolution community. The community hopes the accommodation will attract visitors to the area, generating income to help local villagers afford education for their children. One of the features of the island is Mt Yasur volcano that attracted Captain Cook in 1774.

The funding will support UniSA study visits and internships to the following countries in 2018:

• Brunei
• India
• Malaysia

• China
• Indonesia
• Myanmar

• Cook Islands
• Japan
• Philippines

• Fiji
• Kiribati
• Vanuatu

• Hong Kong
• Laos
• South Korea

• Vietnam

The New Colombo Mobility Program is open to Australian university undergraduates aged between 18 and 28.