Global Professional School

New Colombo Plan (NCP) study tours

Please note that due to Australian Government restrictions on international travel in response to the Global COVID-19 pandemic, ALL 2021 New Colombo Plan Programs have been cancelled

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program provides funding to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

The following NCP programs are currently supported.

Enhancing pathways to and from Guangdong

Tour Leader - Grant Meredith, Lecturer, Multimedia and Computer Games

The project will involve sending a class of undergraduate students enrolled within the Bachelor of Information Technology from Federation University to Shaoguan University (SGU), Guangdong Province, China to participate within a two week fully credited course. Visiting students to Shaoguan University will be given Mandarin & Cantonese language lessons outside of class hours. This will include structural basics, convenient phrases and historical background.

Federation University students will experience Chinese cultures and develop international networks which will foster future partnerships and career opportunities. These students will experience a uniquely rural Chinese university, its associated cultural customs and two other Chinese cities.


Mental health capacity building in a diverse regional setting (Fiji) with Australian undergraduate nursing students.

Tour Leader - Anne Churchill, Lecturer, Nursing

Students enrolled in Federation University Mental Health Nursing will focus their work on a small psychiatric hospital and community mental health service in Suva, Fiji. This placement will present students with a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange and understanding of vulnerability, illness, stigma, isolation, social acceptance and social justice including the observation of a currently developing mental health care system impacted by under-funding and diverse social constraints.

The benefits will enhance students’ personal capacity for being social and cultural agents of acceptance and change along with an understanding of varied mental health treatments in the Indo-Pacific region.


Sustainable Development in Practice in the South Pacific (Fiji)

Tour Leader - Robert Errey, Lecturer, Marketing

Federation Business School (FBS) undergraduate students will undertake internships with Project Aware in Pacific Harbour to contribute to their ongoing environmental programs such as mangrove reforestation and shark conservation. Other organisations engaged in the internship program include Tourism Fiji and the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission. The aim is to increase their understanding of the economic, cultural, political and environmental factors relevant to the people of Fiji.

Students will visit sites of cultural significance such as Nadi Temple and the Fiji Museum, as well as experiencing traditional ways of living during visits to remote villages. The group will undertake intensive language training and cooking and dance classes.


Systems thinking approaches and skills to solve environmental engineering problems in diverse environments. (India)

Tour Leader - Harpreet Kandra, Lecturer, Water Engineering

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programs at Federation University Australia will participate in a three-week project design course along with students from the host institutions – Chitkara University, India (CUI), Delhi Technological University, India (DTU) and Amity University, India (AUI). The proposed exchange aims to help students design research projects that can offer holistic solutions to specific engineering issues facing both developing and developed countries.

The course will build systems-thinking skills in engineering students enrolled in Year 2 and 3 of various engineering programs using project based learning; and case study projects. Federation University students will develop an understanding of multi-disciplinary aspects of engineering; develop networks; experience and understand Indian culture; and will get opportunities to work collaboratively with other Indian engineering students.


Health and wellbeing in resource constraint settings: Field experience from Indonesia

Tour Leader - Aziz Rahman, Associate Professor, Public Health Informatics

This project aims to provide in-field experience of correlating theories learnt in the ‘Health Promotion’ course in 2nd year (undergraduate Nursing students) with real life experience in the 3rd year through this international visit. The experience on investigating factors influencing health and wellbeing in resource-constraint settings of Indonesia will assist students in understanding the concept of public health at individual and community levels. Interaction with healthcare providers, patients and community members at primary healthcare settings will be invaluable experience for students to realise the challenges not only in developing countries, but also in regional and remote settings of Australia.

A workshop will be conducted where Australian students will interact with students and faculty members from Universitas Airlangga to have a better understanding of cultural contexts of healthcare in Indonesia and they will also be able to share their experiences of Australian healthcare. A special visit will be arranged for Australian students to interact with the Mayor of Surabaya, who has taken a number of public health initiatives to improve health and wellbeing of community people there and has been awarded nationally and internationally.


Education, social and cultural studies in South Korea.

Tour Leader - Linda Wright, Senior Lecturer, Humanities

Students from a diverse range of degree programs and disciplines within the School of Arts will complete a stimulating three-week program combining professional development, interdisciplinary studies, and cross-cultural learning opportunities at the international summer school at Pukyong National University (PKNU) in South Korea.

This project will provide students with the opportunity to study Korean language and culture and international relations. Students will also engage in cultural activities and field trips through which they will gain an appreciation of Korean culture (food, martial arts and music) and engage with local community institutions and people on a daily basis. By experiencing Korean culture and education students will increase their knowledge of the country and its peoples.


Internship – experiencing the role of animal health practitioners in community-based conservation programs in rural Nepal, with a focus on iconic wildlife species such as Rhinoceros, Tiger and Elephant in Nepal.

Tour Leader - Wendy Wright, Associate Professor, Conservation Biology

The National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) in Nepal offers a limited number of student internships at its Biodiversity Conservation Centre at Chitwan National Park (a world heritage site), Nepal. The program offers opportunities for interns to participate in community-based programs targeted to the conservation and health of iconic wildlife species such as Rhinoceros, Tiger and Elephant and to explore the role of the animal health practitioner in Nepal’s community-based conservation model.

The students will work alongside veterinary and animal care staff at the Biodiversity Conservation Centre, taking part appropriately in tasks associated with managing the health of domestic animals (a service provided to local people) and of wildlife. The latter may include participation in care and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife, laboratory testing for diseases, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation operations. This work is conducted in the context of Nepal’s community-based conservation model which interns will also study. Numbers are limited to 6 students per year due to the logistics of supporting and supervising internship students in a remote location in a developing country.


A Study tour examining a community-based conservation model and the real world challenges of meeting international conservation commitments in rural Nepal.

Tour Leader - Tour Leader - Wendy Wright, Associate Professor, Conservation Biology

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Ecology and Conservation Science (BECS) at Federation University Australia will participate in a three week experiential learning course based at the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) Biodiversity Conservation Centre at Chitwan National Park (a world heritage site) in Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal.

They will observe and participate in community based conservation programs targeted to the conservation of iconic wildlife species such as Rhinoceros, Tiger and Elephant. The course will examine: Nepal’s community-based conservation model and the tensions between Nepal’s international conservation obligations and the costs and benefits of wildlife conservation experienced by local people.


Public Health and Diverse Setting for Undergraduate Nursing Students - Nepal

Tour Leader - Karen Missen, Associate Dean (Teaching Quality)

Federation University students enrolled in their final year of Nursing will participate in an Allied Healthcare Clinical placement in Nepal to explore the provision of public health care within a global perspective.

Students participating will focus their placement work on Scheer Memorial Hospital, a small, private community hospital in Banepa, central Nepal. This hospital has 150 beds and the standard of care provided is deemed to be of below international standards. The hospital covers diverse specialities, which includes locally based disability centres, eye hospitals, HIV clinics and aged care facilities and conducts outreach in the local community, which students will participate in.


Developing business modelling and cross-cultural management skills between Nepal and Australia

Tour Leader - Soma Pillay, Senior Lecturer, Management

The objective of the 2-week Social Business and Microfinance Program in Nepal is to expose the students of Business to various organizations (social, not-for-profit, non-governmental and for-profit private organizations) that would give them an insight into their mission and vision of starting an organization, the social cause they are working towards, the challenges and struggles faced along with their achievements over the years and innovation in enterprise

The students would get an opportunity to interact with industry professionals in their work setting, understand and compare various models at work and get first-hand experience of the workings in an actual field setting.


Study tour examining of the role of women in of local enterprise and business in Apia, Samoa

Tour Leader - Amy Barnhouse, Lecturer, Law

The Study tour would ask students to meet representatives of the Samoan Chamber of Industry and Commerce and in particular the representatives of the Women in Business Development Project. Students will visit Samoa’s Parliaments and Courts and meet representatives from both, allowing them to gain understanding of the legal system and government of Samoa as a basis for understanding how business and enterprise operate.

Students would meet and observe local enterprises in Agriculture, Fishing, tourism, marketing and manufacturing including EMD (Events, Marketing & Distribution), Samoa Tourism Authority, Voaloa Vanilla, Apia Bottling Co and the Football Federation Samoa as a part of business initiative and innovation studies. This will expose students to a variety of businesses in terms of size as well as the type of business from service industries to manufacturers and suppliers of local products.  During these visits, students will interact with industry professionals in their work environment, understand and compare various models at work and get first-hand experience of the workings in an actual field setting.


Ageing with dignity in Taiwan: Innovation supporting our older populations

Tour Leader - Danny Hills, Deputy Dean, School of Health

The proposed Ageing with Dignity in Taiwan mobility project has been developed by an established consortium of health and design academics from Victorian and ACT universities, building on their industry, academic and mobility project experience in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

Over 20 days in June-July each year, students will undertake a program of immersive language and cultural awareness, and join with Chang Gung design, nursing and medicine students in a program of lectures, workshops and site visits. Site visits will focus on immersive experiences in health and aged care services, health technology organisations, and rural and first nations’ communities. Working in cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teams, students will develop innovative, translatable and actionable proposals for promoting and supporting dignity in ageing.

Federation University / St John of God Ballarat Hospital Tongan nursing supported learning immersion experience.

Tour Leader - Blake Peck, Senior Lecturer, Nursing

The project will involve students, enrolled in their final year of the Bachelor of Nursing degree at Federation University, to undertake a two-week (80-hours) clinical placement experience at Vaiola Hospital in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga. This represents a partial fulfilment of the student’s final clinical capstone experience for an existing course in the program (Nursing Practice in Diverse settings).

This will be a unique experience for all students involved, while forming strong Indo-Pacific cultural bonds. The nursing students will live in accommodation or nearby and will be firmly embedded within day-to-day of hospital life.

The nursing students will study the theoretical course components prior to departure, and as part of the agreement between the University, St John of God Ballarat Hospital and Vaiola Hospital, will consolidate their theory into practice in Tonga.

These students will have a distinctively Tongan cultural experience with its associated customs and belief systems, couched within healthcare practice and health conditions unique to developing countries.


Community of Learners - Vietnam

Tour Leader - Sharon Davis, Lecturer, Professional Experience Coordination

Federation University Australia Pre-Service Teachers (PSTs) students will spend 3 weeks in Vietnamese schools, communities and organizations (Early Childhood Centres) in Hanoi, Vietnam, arranged through the Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE). This network will facilitate culturally sensitive supervision of the professional teaching experiences by local staff - also developing local teachers. They will live in the community and experience the local culture first-hand.

This project provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in Vietnamese language and culture, teaching philosophies and international relations. Students will also gain an appreciation of Vietnamese culture (food, arts and music) by living in the community and engaging daily with local community institutions and people enhancing their understanding of the region and the importance of global citizenship.