New Colombo Plan (NCP)

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is an initiative introduced in 2015 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFaT) which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian students to participate in: semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research.

Since 2015, Curtin has been awarded with a number of these grants and had the opportunity to send our students our across Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia.

Want to know more?

Speak with your Head of Department or Course Coordinator to explore opportunities for your involvement with NCP.

Curtin grant recipients

Read about the experiences of some of our grant recipients.

Nathan Maas “The experience completely reaffirmed my passion for my course and the work.”

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City University, Hong Kong

Exchange: City University Hong Kong (semester one 2016)

Grant: $7000 (as part of a larger 3 year Curtin University Department of Planning recurring exchange program.)

I chose this degree because I value people and space, and I’m fascinated by the relationship between the two. Urban planning has a huge influence over the way people live, and I want to be a part of that.

During my studies, I was invited to Hong Kong as part of the New Colombo Plan exchange program and it was such a fascinating place – there’s so much vibrancy. I was learning so much and appreciating constantly how the size and density impacted on how people live and move through the city, and trying to absorb what I could take home and apply to my work.

The experience completely reaffirmed my passion for my course and the work. International opportunities like these are also great because it allows us to mature and change as a person, and to understand how the world works, how people live, the sort of challenges they encounter and ultimately, how we as people can make the world a better place.

Yasmin Harris “I think (NCP) will give me a unique perspective and advantage in my future work.”

Yasmin

HASSELL Studio, Hong Kong

Exchange: HASSELL Studio internship, Hong Kong (one month)

Grant: $3000

I’ve always loved the idea of creative and functional spaces within the public realm. My course at Curtin has given me so many invaluable experiences, including the opportunity to travel internationally to places like the Philippines, Japan, Singapore and most recently, to Hong Kong for an internship with HASSELL, a design studio with offices across the world, through the New Colombo Plan.

At the Hong Kong studio, we did a lot of research and analytical work for the team, but also a lot of professional practice work too, like participating in design workshops and producing client presentations. We learnt a lot about planning in the international context – for example, Hong Kong’s world class MTR transportation system and how it differs to what we have in Perth, because of our different land uses and ways of optimising space.

Being able to combine practical, relevant work experience with the experience of living and working in another country, and having that exposure to another culture, was great and I think it will give me a unique perspective and advantage in my future work, or even if I decide to pursue postgraduate studies in urban design.

My advice to students thinking of applying is just to go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose.

Giles Graham "This experience has given my study a difference and depth that most others students do not have."

Giles Graham, New Colombo Plan (NCP) grant recipient

City University, Hong Kong

Exchange: City University Hong Kong (semester one 2016)

Grant: $7000 (as part of a larger 3 year Curtin University Department of Planning recurring exchange program.)

I think it’s important for students to get out there, explore cities and experience unique cultures. I participated in the New Colombo Plan exchange program at City University Hong Kong, and while I was there, we took some time to explore Hong Kong. By deliberately heading out of the tourist trap areas and visiting smaller, regional, sometimes coastal towns, I was able to see how Hong Kong as a whole city functions.

It was such a valuable opportunity to be able to observe how such a huge, dense city can go beyond expensive skyscrapers and function a vibrant and diverse place of living.

This experience has given my study a difference and depth that most others students do not have, and really helps to differentiate me from other graduates.