Australian Embassy

Press Release 2016 - More Australian Students in Thailand

                    More Australian students to study in Thailand


7 September 2016

Under the Australian Government’s flagship New Colombo Plan education program, 189 Australian undergraduate students will study and undertake work placements throughout Thailand in 2017, an increase in student numbers since the program was launched in Thailand in 2015. Next year will also see the 500th NCP student arriving in Thailand.

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

“Students from 19 Australian universities will study a broad range of subjects including Community Nursing, Dentistry, Earth Science, Economics, Business, Engineering, International Law, Education, Urban Design and Regional Planning, Water and Sanitary Engineering” said the Ambassador.

New Colombo Plan 2017 mobility projects in Thailand include:

  1. Industry Affiliates Program between Griffith University’s School of Engineering and Bangkok’s Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) where Australian civil engineering students will undertake a 14-week placement at MWA. They will conduct engineering research activities and enhance their knowledge in urban water engineering.
  2. Murdoch University’s International Clinical Placement which will see Australian students  gaining clinical experience by working with local nurses, doctors and pharmacists from Om Koi Hospital, Chiang Mai. They will assist with conducting health clinics and health promotion activities in 10 villages in Om Koi that currently have difficulty accessing existing health care services due to difficult terrain and distance.
  3. Swinburne University of Technology’s Education Placement program will have Australian education students teaching English language classes at The Beaumont Ruam Pattana School, a rural school for disadvantaged children in Chaiyaphum. They will also assist the school to develop a community garden and undertake environmental projects.

“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 Thailand,” Ambassador Robilliard 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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