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World of opportunity for USQ students

Overseas education opportunities await for University of Southern Queensland (USQ) students following a Federal Government announcement this week.

The 2020 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program will support students to complete short-term study and internship experiences in neighbouring countries, to strengthen Australia’s links in the region.

It is great news for USQ with 62 students having the opportunity to apply for grants to continue their studies in the Indo-Pacific region thanks to $186,000 in funding

The NCP is an Australian Government initiative aimed at improving the country’s knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region. It supports undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in 40 locations, including Vietnam, China, Japan, Nepal, Philippines and Fiji.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the grants would provide an opportunity for students to gain important skills in an international environment and deepen knowledge and understanding of our neighbouring regions.

“While immersing themselves in a new country our students will also get credit towards their degree,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“It is a unique opportunity for our students to travel, broaden understanding of course material and boost their career prospects."

“It also supports the University’s focus on global impact and our regional, national and international footprint making a difference in lives around the world.”

USQ projects selected for 2020 funding include: nursing placements to Vietnam; ceramics and painting study in Japan; engineering placements in Nepal with Engineers Without Borders; film and television tours to Vanuatu; management study to China; and teaching placements in the Philippines.

The University’s study abroad program offers student opportunities to participate in overseas study experience whether it be for a short term, a semester or year.

Find out more about studying abroad.

Nursing students on a healthcare placement in Vietnam as part of last year’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program.