Notre Dame student awarded prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship for 2022

21 December 2021

Notre Dame is proud to announce Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce student Luka Moukine has been named a 2022 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholar.

A Federal Government initiative, the New Colombo Plan’s objective is to increase knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region within Australia. To support this goal, the New Colombo Plan awards scholarships and grants to students from Australian universities to study or complete internships within a range of countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notre Dame undergraduate student, Luka Moukine, is excited to study at Sophia University in Tokyo in Semester 2 next year.

“I have wanted to study abroad in Japan since I first started university,” Luka says. “I’m really looking forward to learning a new language, making new friends, and just simply living in a new country and culture.

“I hope to form lifelong connections and friendships with the people I meet, to improve my Japanese language skills, and to make connections with industry professionals for my future career,” he adds.

And receiving an NCP Scholarship will provide added support for Luka’s time studying in Japan.

“Receiving the NCP Scholarship will offer significant support whilst studying abroad,” he says. “Apart from the financial support, the Scholarship provider also assigns each scholar with their own case manager, who provides support in the planning and organising of the trip. In addition to this, the opportunity to engage with the NCP Alumni network, and the ability to establish industry connections whilst in Japan, will be invaluable.”

And he agrees that it’s not only career and industry benefits which stem from study abroad experiences.

“I think the experiences gained from stepping outside your comfort zone and exploring new countries and cultures are invaluable,” he says. “The opportunity to study overseas, whilst immersing yourself in a foreign culture and language, is something that I think is very special.

“I encourage all students to apply for this Scholarship next year; it is a fantastic opportunity that cannot be missed.”

Luka also highlights how important the Notre Dame community is to his university career and the role it has played in seeing him granted this Scholarship.

“The community at Notre Dame is great. It’s a very welcoming place and the staff are supportive and interested in developing the individual student,” he says.

“The International Office has been a massive support. A big thank you to all the staff who helped me throughout the application process; I am very grateful for their guidance, and their input really helped me when applying for the Scholarship.”

Professor Selma Alliex, The Pro Vice Chancellor Student Experience said, “The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program provides a unique and prestigious opportunity for our students to make government and global connections, enabling students to launch their careers both in Australia and overseas. The program is extremely important to Australia’s international relationship in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Professor Alliex said she was very pleased to hear from Luka how Student Mobility Advisor, Giulia Fabbris, had made him aware of the amazing opportunity and had provided guidance in preparing his application, including organising practice interviews with Professor Martin Drum, and the National Director International, Justin de Sousa, prior to the formal interview with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Notre Dame, or read more about the NCP Scholarship Program.

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