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    Max Boylen, Bachelor of Information Technology, 2021 NCP Round

    Host University: University of Malaya, Malaysia

    Max BOYLEN.jpgMax will pursue his interest in AR and VR during his semester of studies at the highly regarded Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. During his time in Malaysia, Max will also undertake Malay language studies to help immerse himself in the local culture.

    After his studies, Max will continue on to India, where he’s secured a sponsored internship with Infosys.


    Lauren Schroeder, Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management), 2021 NCP Round

    Host University: University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    lauren-schroeder.jpgLauren is looking forward to heading Fiji in the middle of 2021 to gain a deeper understanding of tourism in the Indo-Pacific region. To help her engage with the local people and their lifestyle, Lauren will also be studying Fijian language during her time there.

    Lauren hopes to undertake two internships after her studies. First, she plans to intern with Tourism Fiji before moving over to neighbouring Vanuatu to undertake a second internship with the Vanuatu Tourism Office.



    Lucinda Zola, Bachelor of Contemporary Art, 2021 NCP Round

    Host University: University of Kathmandu Art School, Nepal

    Lucinda will complete her Honours at the University of Kathmandu Art School, where she will research traditional Nepalese art practices and their importance to culture, communication and community as well as engaging with local Nepalese artists through workshops in traditional Nepalese artforms. Lucinda, who’s spent time travelling and volunteering in Nepal previously, will also build on her existing Nepali language skills through further language training.

    After completing her studies, Lucinda hopes to secure an internship with a local Nepalese arts organisation.

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    2020 Media release

    Sarah Short, Bachelor of Architectural Studies, 2020 NCP Round

    Host University: Korea University, South Korea

    Sarah Short travelled to Seoul to study Design Studio and Urban Planning at Korea University in February 2020. Sarah was also accepted for an internship with SsD Architecture in Seoul to work on their Venice Biennale project.

    Due to the travel disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah returned to Australia but plans to resume her NCP program in 2021.




    Sophie Eldridge, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations), 2020 NCP Round

    Host University: University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Sophie Eldridge was accepted to the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Sophie headed to Fiji in early 2020, and started her studies while also taking Fijian language lessons.

    Sophie also secured an internship at a women’s shelter working closely with the Fijian Women’s Crisis Centre.

    Due to the travel disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sophie is currently working with her host university to restructure her NCP program.

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    Jesse Neill, Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations), 2020 NCP Round

    Host University: Taiwan University, Taiwan

    Jesse Neil will undertake part of his honours at the National Taiwan University, analysing the difference in news values between Australia and Taiwan.

    Jesse has won several journalism awards, including the 2018 National Nine News Student Journalism Award and the 2018 SA Press Club Student Journalist of the Year Award.

    Tom O’Flaherty, Bachelor of Business (Finance), 2020 NCP Round

    Host University: University of Indonesia, Indonesia

    Tom O’Flaherty, a former Royal Australian Navy Ableseaman Marine Technician, will be extending his studies in Finance at the University of Indonesia and has his sights set firmly on an internship in a multinational financial services company based in Jakarta.

    Tom says he hopes to establish closer relations with Indonesia that will provide new opportunities in both countries for many years to come.

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    2019 Media release

    Joel Ransley, Bachelor of Architecture, 2019 NCP Round

    Host university: Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

    Joel Ransley headed to Japan in 2019, to study with the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo.

    A member of the Australia Japan Association of South Australia, and a seasoned traveller to Japan, Joel also used the opportunity to extend his Japanese language skills. Between his two semesters of study at SIT in Tokyo, he undertook two periods of language training in Fukuoka and Sapporo. Joel also joined his university’s football team, allowing him to meet local and other international students and be an active member of the university community.

    A Bachelor of Architectural Studies student, says the highlight of his time in Japan was meeting renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who delivered a guest lecture at SIT while he was studying there.

    After completing his study component in Japan, Joel successfully secured an internship at an architecture firm in Sri Lanka in early 2020.

    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.

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    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 spent a semester with UniSA’s exchange partner Sogang University, completing the final units of his business management degree and undertaking Korean language training. Jack then moved to Myanmar where he interned with Woodside Energy (Australia’s largest gas and oil company), joining their exploration team. Since his return to Australia, Jack has taken up a graduate position with Woodside energy and is now based out of Perth.

    Jack came 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.


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

    Host university: Tianjin University, PR China

    Joshua Bernardi was admitted to undertake the second semester of his honours studies at one of UniSA’s key partners in China, Tianjin University. Joshua headed to China to start his program in September 2019. UniSA and Tianjin University have a long-standing relationship and a joint research centre: the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development: CAC_SUD.

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    2018 Media release

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    2016 Media release

    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.

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    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

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    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.”

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    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 Journalism 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.

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    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 2016. Georgia continued her marketing studies at the University of Malaya, and was selected to undertake a blue-sky internship with Microsoft Malaysia. 

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    2015 Media release

    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.