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UniSA’s NCP Scholarship winners

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Joel Ransley, Bachelor of Architecture, 2019 NCP Round

Host university: Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Joel Ransley heads to Japan in 2019, to study with the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo. A Bachelor of Architectural Studies student, he hopes to secure an internship with an architectural firm involved in the 2020 Olympics to explore how buildings can be repurposed for the local community after an Olympics. A member of the Australia Japan Association of South Australia, and a seasoned traveller to Japan, Joel says he is looking forward to fine-tuning his knowledge of Japanese culture and language. The NCP scholarship will not only help extend his language skills but also expose him to a whole range of new opportunities in business and study, and he can’t wait to get started. Joel has previously been awarded the Armstrong Award in Architecture and was the recipient of the competitive Rymill House Foundation Living Heritage Travelling Grant - which provided him with the opportunity to undertake architectural conservation research in Europe and the Middle East.

Joel  Joel
 

Jack Donaldson, Bachelor of Business (Management), 2019 NCP Fellow for South Korea

Host university: Sogang University, South Australia

Jack Donaldson, was awarded a Fellow under the NCP scholarship program, making him the highest ranked among all scholars travelling to South Korea for 2019. Jack will spend a semester with UniSA’s exchange partner Sogang University completing the final units of his business management degree and undertaking Korean language training. Jack will then move to Myanmar where he will intern Woodside Energy (Australia’s largest gas and oil company) joining the exploration team. One his return to Australia Jack will direct his passion and skills in complex project management, to the defence or construction industries. Jack has come to university studies from welding the Collins Class submarine fleet, where his potential was recognised as South Australian Apprentice of the Year. Jack is also a key member of the Australian Government’s Vocational Education and Training Alumni Advisory Group.

Jack  
 

Joshua Bernardi, Bachelor of Design (Product Design) Honours, 2019 NCP Round

Host university: Tianjin University, PR China

Joshua Bernardi will be undertaking the second semester of his honours studies at one of UniSA’s key partner in China, Tianjin University in 2019. With previous experience working with design firms including Volvo, Joshua says he is hoping to use his China experiences to better understand how new and sustainable modes of transport fit into future urban environments. Following Chinese language studies and completion of his honours project, Joshua will be undertaking an internship with the design team of Battle Bicycles, the single largest bicycle manufacturer in the world. UniSA and Tianjin University have a long-standing relationship and a joint research centre: the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development: CAC_SUD.

Joshua  
 

 

Bianca Hoffrichter, Bachelor of Visual Art (Photography), 2018 NCP 

Host university: RMIT University, Ho Chi Minh City

Winner of a New Colombo Plan Fellowship (as the highest ranking scholar to travel to Vietnam), Bianca packed up her cameras and headed to RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City, where she honed her technical skills in digital photography and computer processing, while gaining invaluable cross-cultural experiences.

No stranger to Vietnam, Bianca says it is one of the most vibrant, energetic places she has ever been. Bianca says she is strongly drawn to the Indo-Pacific region because of its particular arts traditions.

The NCP Fellowship also allowed her to complete an artist residency near Hanoi and in a reciprocal learning arrangement during the Fellowship, she also ran workshops and discussions around her own techniques, which include crossing photography and painting mediums, and worked with installations. She also engaged with not-for-profit arts organisations while in Vietnam.

Bianca Hoffrichter Bianca Hoffrichter, Orphic 2017
 

Hannah Kemp, Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing), 2017 NCP

Host university: Sookmyung Women’s University, Korea

For her New Colombo Plan Scholarship Hannah decided to further explore her love of South Korea that started on a two week Tourism and Event Management NCP Mobility Study Tour in February 2016. In the vibrant city of Seoul she has studied Korean in the famous district of Gangnam and continued her university education in the Division of Culture and Tourism at Sookmyung Women's University.

Continuing on in Korea in 2018, Hannah is interned with ANZA (Australian and New Zealand Association) in an event management role, and was selected as one of the 1200 volunteers chosen to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. With the amazing experiences that the New Colombo Plan has enabled her to have, Hannah's passion for tourism, events and marketing, and creating relationships between Asian-Pacific countries and Australia has only grown, and she looks forward to using the inter-cultural skills she has gained in her future career.

Hannah Kemp Hannah Kemp
 

Tristan Winters, Bachelor of Construction Management & Economics, 2017 NCP Round

Host university: University of Malaya, Malaysia

Winner of a New Colombo Plan Fellowship for Malaysia, Tristan commenced his studies at the University of Malaya in 2017, before securing an internship with Lendlease in Kuala Lumpur. As a direct result of his NCP Scholarship and plenty of hard work, Tristan secured a job offer with Lendlease KL, working in the booming construction field of the Malaysian capital. Through his NCP Scholarship, Tristan achieved his long-held dream of living and working in Asia, doing something he loves and feel passionate about. Tristan is proud to be a shining example of the life-changing opportunities offered by the New Colombo Plan.

 
 

 

Kogo Fujiko, Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of International Relations, 2017 NCP Round

Host university: University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Interested in Fiji’s role as a regional leader, dealing with socio-economic challenges such as climate change and poverty, Kogo headed to Fiji to get beneath the picture-perfect tourist images promoted in the media. Kogo studied Fijian language and French initially, followed by a semester study at the University of the South Pacific – which he highly recommends to Arts and Humanities students. A hands-on internship at the Fiji Sun resulted in authoring front pages stories, and a 3-month internship at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat enhanced Kogo’s political understanding of the Asia-pacific region. The professional experience gained in Fiji was crucial to winning Kogo his current media communications job in South Australia, however he can’t wait to head back to Fiji to work in the region.

 
 

David Sidwell, Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication), 2016 NCP Round

Host university: Sogang University, South Korea

David Sidwell moved to Korea in February 2016 as part of the NCP Scholarship program and studied Korean language alongside his university studies at Sogang University. David is aiming to work in the interactive media industry and utilised his NCP internship opportunity to gain exposure in South Korea’s progressive online gaming industry.

David Sidwell David Sidwell
 

Gemma Clancy, Bachelor of Management (Marketing), 2016 NCP Round

Host university: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Gemma moved to Hong Kong in January 2016 to study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and secured an internship with QBE Hong Kong to work in their Human Resources and Marketing departments. Gemma won an Ehrenberg Scholarship with UniSA and is a Research Assistant at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science. While in Hong Kong, Gemma was selected for the Australia-China Emerging Leaders Forum and the Marketing and Communications Director of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Australia-China Youth Association. Gemma is keen to mobilise her connections and experiences in Hong Kong in her future career

See Gemma’s blog at http://www.gclancy.com/

Gemma Clancy Gemma Clancy and Mui Wo
 

Lucinda Thurmer, Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Management), 2016 NCP Round

Host university: Chung Ang University, South Korea

Lucinda commenced her studies in Seoul at Chung Ang University for five months. She chose South Korea because of her interest in the country’s dynamic culture, language and unique alphabet system and hearing glowing reviews from other students who had completed their exchange in Korea. Lucinda had the opportunity to participate in a part-time internship with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

Having completed a Communications Internship at QBE in Hong Kong, Lucinda has been worked in a team that has oversight of the communication strategies in countries all over the Asia-Pacific.

Being awarded an NCP scholarship, Lucinda describes as a great honour and privilege. For all the challenges of moving to a new place, it has opened up new countries and cultures, incredible career advancement and friendships. Lucinda states: “Being an NCP scholar has nothing short of changed my life.”

Lucinda Thurmer Lucinda Thurmer  
 

Tom Engelhardt, Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of International Relations, 2016 NCP Round

Host university: University of Malaya, Malaysia

Tom is a touring musician and came to university to study a bachelor double degree in Jornalism and International Relations after several years in the work force. He is studying for a Bachelors double degree in Journalism and International Relations. Tom commenced his NCP Scholarship in Kuala Lumpur in June 2016, undertaking an internship with the Asian Football Confederation’s media department, before studying at the University of Malaya. He further extended his professional international experience with another internship at a Malaysian media outlet.

Tom Engelhardt  
 

Michael Dyer, Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (Honours), 2016 NCP Round

Host university: University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Michael Dyer undertook his honours project in Fiji in 2016 at the University of the South Pacific, supervised by Prof. Boehmer, the Head of School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment. He completed an internship at Nature Fiji – Mareqeti Viti, focusing on bat conservation and tropical plant pollination on islands and also at Panchabhuta Conservation Foundation in India.

Michael is currently the Coastal and Marine Assistant in the Division of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SREP) in Samoa. He is working on a wetland inventory update and is developing a Marine Spatial Planning framework for the Pacific nations and SREP member countries (21 countries in the Pacific).

NCP winner Michael Michael Dyer
 

Georgia Johnson, Bachelor of Marketing and Communications, 2016 NCP Round

Host university: University of Malaya, Malaysia

Georgia Johnson is an aspiring international marketing professional and is a seasoned traveller and leader. Within recent years, Georgia has assisted in the set up of a charity in rural India, undertook a semester exchange in the Netherlands moved to Malaysia in August 2016Georgia continued her marketing studies at the University of Malaya, and was selected to undertake a blue-sky internship with Microsoft Malaysia. 

Georgia Johnson NCP winner, Georgia Johnson
 

Michelle Howie, Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Communications), 2015 NCP Round Korean Fellow

Host university: Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea

Michelle Howie was awarded the honour of being the inaugural Korean Fellow of the New Colombo Plan in 2015. After immersing herself in Korean language and culture during her studies at KAIST, Korea's most prestigious science and technology institute, she was offered an internship in Network Services at Telstra's International headquarters in Hong Kong. Michelle is looking forward to building on the professional and personal connections she’s made in Korea and Hong Kong as she pursues a career in electronics and communications, striving to create a globally connected future.

Follow the adventure on Michelle's blog at michelletominhye.wordpress.com
UniSA NCP scholarship recipient lands in Hong Kong

Michelle Howie Michelle Howie
 

Mitchell Francis, Bachelor of Construction Management & Economics, 2015 NCP Round

Host university: University of Malaya, Malaysia

Mitchell Francis continued his Construction Management and Economics studies at the University of Malaya during 2015, then was successful in winning an internship with Lendlease, working on a multi-billion dollar construction project in Kuala Lumpur. Mitchell has made the most of the opportunities offered through the high profile support of the Australian High Commission, networking with CEOs of multinationals, playing sport with company owners, and travelling widely throughout the region. Mitchell is passionate about the amazing experiences he’s gained through the New Colombo Plan and wants all Australian undergraduates to have the same opportunity to broaden their horizons.

Mitchell Francis Mitchell Francis
 

Anthony Randell, Bachelor of Environmental Sciences, 2015 NCP Round

Host university: University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Anthony Randell studied Environmental Sciences at the University of the South Pacific during 2015, before undertaking an internship with Nature Fiji-MaregetiViti. Anthony’s dream career involves combining scientific field work with community engagement and this is exactly the experience his NCP Scholarship gave him. Anthony came to UniSA through Tafe studies, and with hard work and persistence he is now achieving great success. Without the scholarship Anthony would not have been able to go to Fiji and he is thankful for the NCP for his new-found awareness, knowledge, as well as a wealth of new experiences and connections in Fiji.

Anthony Randell and friend Anthony Randell
 

Nellie Blitz, Bachelor of International Relations, 2014 Pilot NCP Round

Host university: Hong Kong University

Nellie Blitz was UniSA’s first New Colombo Plan scholar during the pilot phase, and undertook her studies at Hong Kong University in 2015, before an internship with the Institute for Women’s Empowerment of Hong Kong. Nellie has since completed her studies at UniSA and is consolidating the skills and experiences she gained from an NCP Scholarship in her field.

Nellie Blitz  

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