Plan now is to send students to Asia
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Learning: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, UWS Vice-Chancellor Barney Glover and Lindsay MP Fiona Scott. Picture: Gary WarrickFOREIGN Affairs Minister Julie Bishop visited the University of Western Sydney on Feburary 5 to celebrate the success of the New Colombo Plan, enabling Australian undergraduate students to spend time studying and working in Asian countries.
Ms Bishop had a bounce in her step as she visited the Kingswood campus with Lindsay MP Fiona Scott and UWS vice-chancellor Barney Glover, spending time talking with students who travelled abroad during the first year of the plan’s roll-out to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Indonesia.
She said the program would now be rolled-out across 38 Asian nations and wanted it to become a “rite of passage” for young Australians.
Ms Bishop was all smiles as she leaned into the lectern to recount in detail how the policy came about, taking experiences from a Brisbane education summit in 2006, and speaking with Asian leaders and politicians as opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman.
She said the leaders and business people in the region said they knew about Australia because of the original Colombo Plan, which encouraged Asian students to come here for study, but we didn’t “send students back to their countries”.
Maryam Noori from St Marys is doing a business degree at UWS and spent two weeks in Singapore.
She said the objective was to look at what Australian businesses could learn from Singapore manufacturing companies.
“In greater western Sydney there is a manufacturing decline at the moment, but we’re trying to increase that,” she said.
“It’s working on our road and transport links, working on exports as well — we want to export more.”
Ms Scott spoke of a formative experience she had had after her schooling, working at a UN-affiliated organisation in the UK.
She encouraged UWS students to seek out their own such experiences and said western Sydney was “growing up” and would make its mark.
“This is a great opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of our neighbours and forge friendships and professional connections that will last a lifetime,” Ms Scott said.
Professor Glover said international relationships were at the centre of plans for expansion and excellence.
He said we could learn from the Colombo Plan.
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