Australian Embassy

Young Australians Awarded Scholarships to Study in Indonesia

Media Release

28 November 2017

Fourteen of Australia’s best and brightest students have won prestigious scholarships to live, study and undertake work-based experiences in Indonesia in 2018.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson said the New Colombo Plan is creating a new generation of young Australians with an understanding of Indonesia and experience of living, learning and working alongside people from other cultures.

As Australia’s closest and most important neighbour, Indonesia has consistently been one of the New Colombo Plan’s most popular host locations.  By the end of 2018, more than 5,000 students will have been supported to study and undertake internships in Indonesia, more than any other participating country.

“These exceptional students come home with new perspectives, insights and skills after their life-changing experience in Indonesia,” Ambassador Grigson said.

New Colombo Plan 2018 Indonesia scholars will study a broad range of subjects at universities across Indonesia, such as:

  • Psychology at BINUS International University
  • Management, commerce and actuarial studies at the Islamic University of Indonesia
  • Criminology at the University of Indonesia
  • Research into the medicinal use of plants at Bogor Agricultural University

Scholars will also gain invaluable practical experience of Indonesian workplaces through placements, practicums and mentorships with private sector organisation including law firms, civil society organisations and research institutions.

Ambassador Grigson said New Colombo Indonesia scholars are among Australia’s most talented emerging leaders, who had demonstrated academic excellence, exceptional leadership in their communities, and a firm commitment to engaging with the people of Indonesia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

“Living and learning alongside young people from other cultures will create enduring bonds of friendship and understanding, a foundation of future peace and prosperity in the region,” he said.

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