UQ students to reap New Colombo Plan global rewards

25 Jul 2018

More than 270 University of Queensland students will reap the rewards of more than $1.23 million allocated to UQ in the latest round of Federal Government New Colombo Plan mobility program funding.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the funding would support 274 undergraduate students to travel overseas for short-term study, practicums and internships in 2019.

"The New Colombo program gives us an opportunity to leverage our global partnerships and world-class reputation to provide rewarding experiences for our students and to strengthen relationships and graduate opportunities in the Indo-Pacific,” he said.

He said another 77 students would travel aboard as a result of $319,000 in continued funding for projects announced in 2016 and 2017.

This year’s funding includes a significant increase in student grants for projects in the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea, and extends for the first time to UQ projects in Niue and French Polynesia.

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