FoS Students receive scholarships

Two Faculty of Science students have won the prestigious New Colombo scholarships, which will allow them to take their studies overseas.

Undergraduate students Thomas Keogh and Kaih Mitchell were among those who won a scholarship; Mr Keogh will travel to Japan to study. 

"I plan to undertake language training at a school in Kyoto, and an internship, hopefully at one of Tokyo's museums," Mr Keogh said. "But the majority of my time will be spent studying at Waseda University, where I will be focusing on biology and Japanese subjects."

Kaih who is majoring in Mathematical Physics and is also completing a Diploma of Languages, will travel to Indonesia, where he will study language and cultural studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada.

“Afterwards I hope to secure an internship with a science-based organisation or research group,” he said.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarships is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which has supported 17,500 students to study and intern in the Indo-Pacific region since it was first launched four years ago.

Students are selected based on academic excellence, leadership in their communities, adaptability and resilience, and the ability to contribute to the New Colombo Plan goals.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop presented the students with the honour at a dinner on 28 November.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Sue Elliott said: “the scholarships are an invaluable way for students to connect with the wider Indo-Pacific region. It allows students to explore and develop their knowledge and ties with our regional neighbors.”