Global learning experience for 181 Uni of Adelaide students
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
The University of Adelaide has today been awarded $746,900 in federal funding to support the global learning experiences of 181 Adelaide students.
The funding – which is more than double the funds awarded to the University of Adelaide last year – will be provided through the 2017 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants, announced today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop.
Thanks to the New Colombo Plan grants, students from the University of Adelaide will study in 12 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific, including China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and Timor-Leste.
"We aim to see at least one-third of our students have a global learning experience," says the University's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington.
"Our Colombo Plan awards are the most received by any university in the State, an excellent outcome."
The University's Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Nancy Cromar, says: "We're extremely pleased to have secured this funding for our students, which will be critical in helping to provide them with a meaningful global learning experience within our region."
Professor Cromar says today's announcement further reinforces the University of Adelaide's strategy to embed international study opportunities into students' educational experiences.
"From 2017, the University of Adelaide will be supporting students studying overseas by offering grants of up to $2000 each, to assist with their airfare expenses," she says.
"A critical part of our strategic direction is to increase student participation in international education, and to provide them with greater intercultural competence. Overseas study experiences are a perfect opportunity to do this, and that's why the University has been taking steps to boost the awareness of and the support for international study.
"The New Colombo Plan is ideally suited to assisting students to develop a depth of knowledge about the Indo-Pacific region, which will be important to our students' future opportunities and to the future of our nation."