Notre Dame New Colombo Plan funding rises to $339,900

06 July 2018

One hundred and one students from The University of Notre Dame Australia will benefit from a total of $339,900 in funding secured by the University through the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP).

The NCP funding gives students the opportunity to participate in transformative learning and immersion experiences in the Indo-Pacific Region in 2019.

Announced today (6 July, 2018) by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, the funding will support short-term and semester-length international learning and immersion opportunities in a multitude of destinations including Timor-Leste, Cambodia and India.

Notre Dame’s short-term immersion programs which will be supported in 2019, include the following:

  • School of Law, Fremantle and Sydney Campuses, Law Immersion – Cambodia
  • School of Education, Sydney Campus, Service Learning Immersion – Timor-Leste
  • School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle Campus, Clinical Immersion – Vietnam
  • School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus, Service Learning Immersion – Cambodia
  • Schools of Education and Business, Sydney Campus, Service Learning Immersion – India
  • School of Education, Fremantle Campus, Service Learning Immersion – Cambodia
  • School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus, Internship – People’s Republic of China

The programs will see Notre Dame Education students working in classrooms with some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable and neglected children. Nursing & Midwifery students, under the supervision of Notre Dame Registered Nurses, will develop their clinical skills and cultural awareness while working alongside Vietnamese Doctors and Nurses in Mai Chua District Hospital and Van Village Clinic.

Journalism students will take lessons in Mandarin while completing a four-week internship in China exposing them to cultural-specific considerations and challenges of working for an international company while in a non-English speaking country.

In addition to the short-term learning opportunities, $5000 grants are available for students seeking to study overseas for a semester, immersing themselves in another country and culture. Three grants will be available to study on exchange at Notre Dame’s partner institution in Japan, Sophia University.

“The University is delighted to once again secure NCP funding and we look forward to many of our students taking up these exciting international learning opportunities in such a vibrant part of the world,” commented Professor Peta Sanderson, Pro Vice Chancellor International, at Notre Dame.

Professor Sanderson continued “These types of experiences beyond the classroom, where students are immersed in a different culture and language, can be transformative. Having left their comfort zone, while still having support from Notre Dame staff, we often see students return with increased confidence, global awareness and a commitment to return to the region in the future.

“An international study experience, particularly a semester-length exchange can be such an important part of a student’s career development. It can put them at an advantage in the job market and in any future study aspirations. Being able to demonstrate to a potential employer that you have experienced study and working life in a different country can be very valuable.”

The NCP is a signature initiative of the Federal Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region. The program hopes to deliver a transformational and deeper experience for students through close engagement with the cultures and languages of the Indo-Pacific region.

For more information about study opportunities supported by the NCP, as well as other international exchange programs at Notre Dame, please visit

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