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New Colombo Plan funds eight new ANU College of Asia & the Pacific programs

31 July 2018

Students at The Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific will have more opportunities to study overseas after the College was awarded New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding for eight student mobility programs in the recent funding round.

The College received funding to assist 80 students to undertake student mobility programs in the Asia Pacific. Seven of the eight successful projects have also received multi-year funding, ensuring the sustainability of the programs.

The College is a national leader in receiving NCP Mobility Program funding. In the most competitive funding round to date, the College’s total funding increased 20% on 2018 levels and 134% on 2017 levels.

Including prior allocated funding, this round brings the College’s total NCP funding for 2019 to $551,800, which will be used to support 153 students over 13 projects.

Professor John Blaxland, Head of ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, said the new NCP-funded course, “Southeast Asia’s Security Choices”, will equip students to better understand security arrangements in Australia’s neighbourhood. With NCP funding, students will travel to Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok to discuss security and stability in the region with key actors from business, government, universities and beyond.

“Australia has a vested interest in understanding its neighbourhood and making a positive contribution. This intensive course provides students a unique opportunity to gain unprecedented insights from insiders into how and why Southeast Asian security works the way it does and how it relates to Australia,” Professor Blaxland said.

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program provides funding to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

The College’s programs funded in the 2019 round are:

  • Negotiating with Japan (multi-year funding)
  • Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change (multi-year funding)
  • Modern Mongolia (multi-year funding)
  • Southeast Asia’s Security Choices (multi-year funding)
  • Dive into Delhi
  • Three Year in Asia projects in Japan, China and Korea (multi-year funding)

Programs with prior NCP funding for 2019:

  • Political Economy of Myanmar
  • Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development
  • Seouljourn: Language, Culture and Business in Korea
  • Learning Language Locally: Korea
  • Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change


Photo by Audrey Lee while on an ANU College of Asia and the Pacific overseas program. Follow us on Instagram @anu_asiapacific to keep up to date with our students throughout the region.




Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team