Funding opens doors in the world for Notre Dame students

Funding through the New Colombo Plan will help support Notre Dame programs in the Indo-Pacific region, such as the service-learning immersion in Timor-Leste through the School of Education, Sydney.

7 September 2016

The University of Notre Dame Australia has received more than $300,000 in Federal Government funding, through the New Colombo Plan (NCP), to support student learning and immersion experiences in the Indo-Pacific Region in 2017.

Announced by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Honourable Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, on Wednesday 31 August 2016, the University’s $310,200 grant will be used to support immersion experiences and international learning opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region for close to 100 Notre Dame students.

Notre Dame’s short-term immersion programs which will be supported by this funding in 2017, include the following:

  • Education’s service-learning immersion in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste;
  • Medicine’s program in the Philippines;
  • Nursing & Midwifery’s practicum in Vietnam;
  • Education and Business immersion in India;
  • Law immersion in Cambodia; and
  • Arts & Sciences service-learning immersion in Cambodia, in partnership with Saint Paul Institute.

The NCP funding for 2017 also supports three semester-length Study Abroad placements with Notre Dame’s exchange partners in Asia, including Sogang University and the Catholic University of Korea, South Korea; Sophia University, Japan; and Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia.

“The University is delighted at this announcement and we hope that many of our students will take up these exciting international learning opportunities in such a vibrant part of the world,” commented Professor Peta Sanderson, Pro Vice Chancellor International and Research, at Notre Dame.

“Students who study in Asia have access to a wide range of classes for foreign students in a very supportive and safe environment. Additionally there are wonderful immersion programs available which connect students with the local culture in a number of ways.

“Studying abroad can be such an important part of a student’s career development. It can put them at an advantage in the job market and in any future study aspirations. Being able to demonstrate to a potential employer that you have experienced study and working life in a different country can be very valuable.”

The NCP is a signature initiative of the Federal Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region. The program hopes to deliver a transformational and deeper experience for students through close engagement with the cultures and languages of the Indo-Pacific region.

For more information about study opportunities supported by the NCP, as well as other international exchange programs at Notre Dame, please visit

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