New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

New Colombo Plan Scholars map

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region by supporting Australian undergraduates to undertake long-term study, language study and an internship or mentorship in the Indo-Pacific region.

This year Scope Global supported 250 scholars across all phases of the program. This included supporting 190 scholars, and placing scholars in 226 internships and mentorships across 24 host locations including Indonesia, China, Singapore and South Korea.

A major highlight was welcoming the first Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Fellow after the initiative was launched at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. This annual fellowship supports an Australian undergraduate whose scholarship focuses on Australia’s engagement with the ASEAN region.

Our team was delighted with feedback received from scholars: 95% of scholars rated the overall quality of our support services as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’, and commentary frequently included praise for our employees efficient, friendly and highly responsive support.

Won Hae Shim

Scholar Profile
Won-Hae Shim’s life changing journey

Won-Hae Shim has found the experience of living, studying and working in Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and India absolutely incredible and rewarding. “I have been fortunate to have met genuine, kindhearted friends, locals and colleagues during my New Colombo Plan journey who have made these four host locations feel like homes away from home for me,” said Won-Hae.

In Nepal, Won-Hae achieved a personal goal of gaining exposure and experience working in the United Nations after securing an internship with the Office for Project Services, where she worked on the FieldSight project. Won-Hae also interned with the National Society for Earthquake Technology in Nepal, where she helped assess and improve existing safety practices in construction and investigated supply chain and logistics of construction materials in a remote region of the country.

In Thailand, she attended the University Scholars Symposium held at the United Nations and met many people who have made profound contributions to society. Through an internship with WorleyParsons in Thailand and Singapore, Won-Hae visited two major construction projects and had numerous one-on-one meetings with senior leaders of the business.

In India Won-Hae worked for Multiplex, which she found extremely insightful as it built on her existing experience and knowledge of working for this company in Australia.

“The NCP journey has undoubtedly been life changing in so many ways – surpassing all expectations personally and professionally.”

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