Japan to welcome 12 New Colombo Plan Scholars in 2016
1 December 2015
A total of 12 New Colombo Plan scholars will study in Japan under the 2016 round of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
“I am delighted Japan will welcome 12 of Australia’s best and brightest undergraduate students as New Colombo Plan scholars to live, study and undertake work placements in various cities across Japan,” Australian Ambassador to Japan Bruce Miller said.
Alexander Best from Edith Cowan University will study at Kyoto Sangyo University, and plans to undertake an internship with a Japanese sporting association.
Lachlan Kenway from the University of Queensland will study at Waseda University.
Megan Lock from the University of Adelaide will study at Osaka University, and
plans to undertake an internship in the field of foreign language education.
Clarence Ma from the University of New South Wales will study at the University of Tokyo, and hopes to undertake an internship with an international or Japanese law firm.
Casey Macfarlane from Griffith University will study at Hiroshima University, and plans to undertake an internship in the field of waste management, specifically recycling management.
Estelle McCabe from Griffith University will study at Saitama University, and plans to undertake a communications internship within the oil and gas sector.
Alexander McLeish from Monash University will study at the University of Tokyo, and plans to undertake internships with international law firms.
Rosemary Menzies from the University of Sydney will study at Kyoto University, and hopes to undertake a laboratory based internship.
Kingsley Nguyen from the University of Western Australia will study at Nagoya University, and hopes to undertake an internship with a major Japanense company.
Diane Salim from the Australian National University will study at the University of Tokyo, and plans to undertake an internship with a leading research physicist in Japan.
Kayla Rain Williams from University of Technology Sydney will study at Yamaguchi University, and plans to undertake an internship with an organisation related to international development in the Pacific.
And Grace Yee Yan Yeung from Griffith University will study at Meio University, and plans to undertake an internship with an international non-profit organisation.
“The strong interest of Australian students in studying in Japan reflects the bonds of friendship and opportunity that exist between Australia and Japan,” the Ambassador said.
New Colombo Plan scholarships are highly prestigious, with only 100 awarded in 2016, and recognise students’ exceptional academic performance, community engagement and commitment to deepening relationships with our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific.
“This talented group of students will be impressive young ambassadors for Australia in the Indo-Pacific region, as they undertake studies, gain industry experience and learn about another culture while fostering friendships and networks that will last a lifetime,” Minister Bishop said.
“Australia is investing in the next generation of leaders who will continue to advance and build on our important bilateral relations in the Indo-Pacific region”.
The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.
The Australian Government has committed $100 million in new funding over five years to implement the New Colombo Plan.
For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit
www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan or follow @NewColomboPlan on Twitter.