An undergraduate student from Darwin has been awarded a Coalition Government scholarship to live and study as an intern in the Indo-Pacific.
Katie Hicks has awarded one of only 105 prestigious New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships that support Australia’s best and brightest students to engage with our region.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the New Colombo Plan was a signature initiative of the Coalition Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to study as interns in the region.
“Katie, a Bachelor of Applied Social Science student at Charles Darwin University, will study linguistics and sociology for one semester at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and will undertake an internship at the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International,” Senator Scullion said.
“New Colombo Plan scholarships recognise students’ exceptional academic performance, community engagement and commitment to deepening relationships with our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific.
“While overseas, New Colombo Plan scholars act as ambassadors for their communities, universities and indeed Australia. We can all be proud of our scholars’ achievements and look forward to their contribution to Australia’s relationship with the Indo-Pacific in the years ahead.”
New Colombo Plan 2017 scholars were announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham.
The NCP scholars will join more than 7400 NCP mobility grant recipients in 2017, taking the total number of students supported by the NCP in its first four years to more than 17,500.