More Australian students to visit Sri Lanka next year

Aug 30, 2017 (LBO) – More Australian students than ever before will head to Sri Lanka in 2018 under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program, a statement said.

“226 students will take part in 15 projects in Sri Lanka next year, covering areas from the environment
to business studies to medicine,” Australia’s High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson said.

“We look forward to welcoming students from fourteen Australian universities to learn more about the
people and the culture of Sri Lanka and Maldives. Students will return to Australia with new
friendships and connections that will last a lifetime, as well as new perspectives on Sri Lanka and
Maldives that will contribute to the relationships between our countries for decades to come.”

In 2018, more than 13,000 Australian students will take part in New Colombo Plan mobility projects in
35 locations across the Indo-Pacific.

The New Colombo Plan is helping the next generation of Australian leaders learn more about the
region by supporting students to study and undertake work placements in the Indo-Pacific.

“We will also see 28 students participate in New Colombo Plan projects in Maldives next year as the New
Colombo Plan goes from strength-to- strength across the region”.

The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Australian Government aimed at increasing educational exchange in the Indo-Pacific region. It borrows its name from the organisation formed after a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January 1950.