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New Colombo Plan Mobility Program: 2017 round awards for studying in Taiwan

On 2 September, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the recipients of the 2017 New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants.
Taiwan has hosted more than 300 Australian students who have come to study and undertake work-based experiences since the New Colombo Plan was introduced by the Australian Government. It shows the high level of commitment of Australian universities and consortia towards strengthening partnerships with Taiwan.

Next year twelve Australian universities from a range of disciplines have secured NCP Mobility funding for fourteen new projects for their students to live, study and undertake internships in Taiwan. To give a few examples:

  • 10 Nursing students from the Australian Catholic University will undertake nursing practice in a range of clinical placement settings arranged by Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan;
  • 20 students in Bachelor of Engineering programs in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales will spend twelve weeks in Taiwan undertaking industrial training internships in materials-related industries. Such internships are a compulsory part of their degree program.
  • 15 students of Chinese language and culture from the University of Tasmania will spend eight weeks in an academically rigorous environment at the Mandarin Training Centre at National Taiwan Normal University.
  • 10 Pre-Service teachers from the University of Western Sydney will complete a 3-week teaching practicum in Taiwan. The collaboration will bring together Australian and Taiwanese university students in the context of teaching English to middle school students during an English immersion summer camp.
  • 12 University of Wollongong students in the field of social work will undertake a 12-day practicum offered by National Taiwan University that features a simulation of social work practice in disaster.

Taiwan is one of the 38 eligible host locations for NCP supported study across the Indo-Pacific region. Australian universities that recognize the benefit of youth mobility and global learning and are interested in seeking opportunities for their students to study or undertake internships in Taiwan can contact the Education Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia on email: or phone: (02) 6120 1021.

For more information about the New Colombo Plan, please visit