New Colombo Plan
Two La Trobe students have been awarded prestigious scholarships to travel overseas and study as part of the Australian Governments' New Colombo Plan. The scheme is designed to strengthen and transform Australia's relationships in the Indo Pacific region.
Kara Menzies and Richard Garrett will both receive a scholarship worth $67,000 to support their studies in Indonesia and Japan for a semester. The New Colombo Plan also offers internships and mentoring opportunities.
Our students' success helps to highlight our teaching and research focus on Asia. La Trobe Asia has been established to provide leadership on all aspects of the University's engagement with Asia.
Immersion in Indonesian
Kara is in her last year of a Bachelor of Education with a major in Indonesian. With the help of the scholarship she will study teaching for a semester at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, as well as volunteering to teach English to Indonesian students.
Kara is looking forward to immersing herself in Indonesian culture.'It's going to help me become a better educator in Australia because I am going to have authentic materials and resources that I can teach with and that will set my classroom apart from others,' Kara says.
Nanotechnology in Japan
Richard is in his fourth year studying biochemistry and physics, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Japanese. The New Colombo Plan will allow him to apply his scientific knowledge at the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), working on a complex project.
'I will be undertaking a project in the field of drug delivery research, which will involve the electro spinning of a nano fibre mesh which can be stitched into the body for cancer treatment using the mesh as a method of drug delivery,' Richard says.
He'll also use the time in Japan to hone his language skills.