Original post : https://indonesia.embassy.gov.au/jakt/MR19_025.html

Indonesia has again ranked as the number one study destination under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

In 2020 more than 2,100 Australian university students will undertake study and work-based experiences in Indonesia, bringing the total to almost 10,000 since the program’s pilot launched in 2014.

“Indonesia’s continued popularity under the New Colombo Plan proves that young Australians recognise Indonesia as such a close neighbour,” Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan said.

“By supporting a new generation of Australians to deepen their understanding of the people, culture and business environment in Indonesia, we are strengthening ties between our nations and our communities into the future.”

In the 2020 Mobility Program round, the New Colombo Plan will support more than 11,196 students from 40 Australian universities to participate in 685 projects in 36 locations across the Indo-Pacific.

This brings the total number of students awarded New Colombo Plan scholarships and mobility grants since 2014 to 60,000, demonstrating the Australian government’s commitment to building mutual understanding and partnerships in the region.

The New Colombo Plan is providing Australian students opportunities to gain the cross-cultural awareness and experiences that are vital to today’s globally connected workforce.