Australian Embassy

More Australian students to study in Japan under the New Colombo Plan

Japan remains one of the most popular destinations for the Australian Government’s flagship New Colombo Plan education program. In 2017, over 500 Australian undergraduate students from around 25 universities will come to Japan to study a broad range of subjects including agriculture, urban planning and engineering. Many will also undertake work placements as part of the program.


HE Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan said “New Colombo Plan mobility students will return to Australia with new insights and understanding about Japan and new friendships that will last a lifetime”.


New Colombo Plan 2017 mobility projects in Japan include:

  • Macquarie University students will spend one semester in the Frontier Lab at Osaka University on a scientific empowerment program. They will join a research group in their particular field and be led by world class researchers;
  • Students from the University of Tasmania will embark on a project to study 'Cool Japan: Regional Soft Power in Asia'. Students will work with media industry professionals and scholars to investigate soft power and media strategies to disperse content. Fieldwork will be combined with a semester-long course which will cover the theory and development of soft power in an Asia-Pacific context.


“These are exciting projects that demonstrate the many opportunities for Australian students to deepen their academic and life experiences through study and work placements in Japan,” Ambassador Miller said.


The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.


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