Global Professional School

New Colombo Plan (NCP) study tours

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:

  • Sri Lanka: explore practical examples of Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Nepal:  examine a community-based conservation model and the real-world challenges of meeting international conservation commitments in rural Nepal
  • India: undertake an exchange program with O.P. Jindal Global University, India
  • China: enhance pathways and developing networks to and from Guangdong and Hubei
  • Fiji: mental health capacity building in a diverse regional setting (Fiji)
  • India: solve environmental engineering problems with systems thinking approaches and skills
  • Indonesia: undertake a health and wellbeing field experience, in resource constraint settings
  • Nepal: experience the role of animal health practitioners in rural community-based conservation programs , with a focus on iconic wildlife species such as rhinoceros, tigers and elephants
  • Nepal: experience public health and diverse settings while studying your undergraduate nursing degree
  • Nepal: develop business modelling and cross-cultural management skills between Nepal and Australia
  • Tonga: undertake a Tongan nursing supported learning immersion experience between Federation University / St John of God Hospital Ballarat
  • Japan: undertake an exchange program with Fukuoka Women's University, Japan

Sri Lanka - Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation - practical examples from Sri Lanka.

Tour leader - Dr. Kushan Tennakoon Lecturer, Environmental Science

Students will participate in a two- week experiential learning course hosted by the University of Peradeniya and held in the Tropical Knuckles Conservation Forest (UNESCO world heritage site), Kanneliya Forest (Biosphere Reserve) and a few other places such as a Mangrove Forest, Tea Museum, a Turtle hatchery and a few eco touristic attractions. Students will gain first-hand experience on tropical rain forest and marine habitat conservation efforts, traditional uses of non- timber forest resources and forest governance policies, local living conditions and livelihoods in a developing tropical island.

Experiencing tropical biodiversity, conservation efforts, and anthropogenic issues such as human-animal conflicts, use of herbal medicines by indigenous people and bioinspired innovations will increase students’ knowledge about the importance biodiversity conservation in the tropics and the manmade impacts on these pristine ecosystems.

Students will observe and participate in community-based forest restoration programs, impacts of cash crop cultivations (ie. Tea) on tropical forests; examine herbal medicine- Ayurveda practices; learn about non-timber forest resources, spice gardens, turtle conservation, and human-elephant working relationships and conservation efforts. During two off days, students have the option of visiting a few places having an archaeological significance (ie. Lion Rock / Sigiriya frescoes, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, local markets etc).

Length of tour - 3 weeks

Excepted travel date - January/ February 2023

Cost of tour - (approx.) - $3,500.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $2,500.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Dr. Kushan Tennakoon k.tennakoon@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

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

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.

Length of tour - 3 weeks

Excepted travel date - January 2023

Cost of tour (approx.) - $3,750.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $2,500.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Professor Wendy Wright wendy.wright@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

India - Exchange Partnership pilot program enhancing the relationship between Federation University and O.P. Jindal Global University, India

Tour Leader -  Iain Johnson, Coordinator, Study Abroad and Student Mobility

The Exchange pilot project to O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University) [shortened to OP Jindal for future reference] is to explore and develop a new bilateral relationship between Federation University and India. The objective is to encourage more Federation University Australia students to undertake a semester abroad as part of their studies and to explore regions other than the traditional destinations of the U.S.A. and U.K. particularly in a post COVID environment.

On this project we would like to be able to offer 4 students funding of $7000.00 each towards an exchange semester at OP Jindal; a destination which Federation University students have not engaged with to any great extent. The semester long exchange opportunities would be spread across several schools, in particular the School of Arts, and discipline of Criminal justice and criminology. OP Jindal represents a top tier Indian University with a significant world ranking that has excellence in the fields of law, environmental conservation and psychology.

This NCP project represents a wonderful opportunity to see a different and exciting culture with almost all expenses paid

Length of tour - full semester

Excepted travel date - Semester 2 2022 & Sem 1 2023

Cost of tour (approx.) - $4,500.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $7,000.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Iain Johnson, i.johnson@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

China - Enhancing pathways and developing networks to and from Guangdong and Hubei.

Tour Leader - Dr. 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 and Hebei University of Science and Technology (HUST), Shijiazhuang, Hubei province, China.

Students will initially live on the SGU campus and be firmly embedded within day-to-day student life. The Federation University students will be studying in block-mode with SGU students for two weeks as part of a partnership agreement. Federation University students will then travel to HUST University to continue observe and participate within that institution’s information technology school. These students will experience two uniquely placed Chinese universities within two distinctly different Chinese provinces.

Visiting Federation University students to both SGU and HUST will be given Mandarin & Cantonese language lessons outside of class hours. These lessons will be facilitated by the partner universities and their English language clubs. Conversely Federation University students will assist the SGU/HUST English language programs offerings and give these students a rare chance to practise their English skills. While at both university locations Federation University students will be exposed to a wide range of Chinese cultural experiences and conduct short tours to local areas of cultural significance.

Length of tour - 4 weeks

Excepted travel date - November / December 2022

Cost of tour (approx.) - $3,500.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $3,000.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Dr. Grant Meredith g.meredith@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

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

Tour Leader - Dr. Anne Churchill, Lecturer, Nursing

Students enrolled in Federation University Mental Health Nursing will focus their work at St Giles Psychiatric Hospital - a small psychiatric hospital and community mental health service in Suva, Fiji. Students will also participate in Drug and Alcohol awareness Units and Mental health support services in 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.

Length of tour - 3 weeks

Excepted travel date - November / December 2022

Cost of tour (approx.) - $5,000.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $3,000.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Dr. Anne Churchill annie.churchill@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

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

Tour Leader - Dr Harpreet Singh 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.

Students will co-develop skills to understand, analyse and solve complex problems using a systems-based approach. They will also develop an understanding of policy, regulation, governance, social and economic aspects of an engineering problem and its possible application aiming at holistic solutions. Findings of research and implementation plan shall be reviewed by co-students and supervisors from all participating universities, which shall again help in providing feedback and using feedback loops in design. Students shall also develop presentation and problem-solving skills.

This experience will further Federation University’s’ ongoing efforts to enable our graduates to become global citizens and high-quality professionals who can work in diverse teams to accomplish common objectives and provide world class solutions across international borders. The students will also be able to develop networks to work collaboratively with other students and academics on future projects and enhance their project management and communication skills.

Length of tour - 3 weeks

Excepted travel date - November / December 2022

Cost of tour (approx.) - $3,500.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $2,500.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Dr. Harpreet Singh Kandra h.kandra@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

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

Tour Leader - Dr. 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.

Length of tour - 2 weeks

Excepted travel date - November / December 2022

Cost of tour (approx.) - $3,500.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $2,500.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Associate Professor Aziz Rahman ma.rahman@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

Nepal - 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) in Sauraha, Chitwan, 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.

Length of tour - 6 weeks

Excepted travel date - January / February 2023

Cost of tour (approx.) - $5,500.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $4,000.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Professor Wendy Wright wendy.wright@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

Nepal - Public Health and Diverse Setting for Undergraduate Nursing Students

Tour Leader - Dr. 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. Ultimately, these students will see how nurses in the developing world adapt to deal with under-resourced hospitals and wards and treat conditions they’ve never been exposed to before and learn new clinical skills.

This placement presents students with a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange and the observation of a healthcare system in a developing country in our region that is completely diverse to Australia. The benefits will include an acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives on health and enhanced interest in global issues.

Length of tour - 3 weeks

Excepted travel date - November 2022

Cost of tour (approx.) - $3,750.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $2,500.00 per student

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

Tour Leader – Dr. 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.

At the end of the program, the students would be working on a project with one of the organizations which would be a facilitated experience where the students would understand how organisational development happens through project management and leadership. They would start with a need assessment survey and then strategize on developing something meaningful to address a socio-financial issue that exist with the beneficiaries of marginalized communities. They will work together in small teams to accomplish this and understand the nuances of innovation, leadership, negotiation skills, project planning and project management in a developing economy. This will give students essential workplace skills and a strong understanding of global working cultures. The project objective and rationale is for Australian students to gain insights into how business is conducted across cultures and to apply their theoretical business knowledge to real world experiences.

Length of tour - 2 weeks

Excepted travel date - October / November 2022

Cost of tour (approx.) - $3,250.00 per student*


NCP funding available - $2,500.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Dr. Soma Pillay, soma.pillay@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

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

Tour Leader – Dr. 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.

Length of tour - 2 weeks

Excepted travel date - dates to be advised

Cost of tour (approx.) - $3,250.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $2,500.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) Dr. Blake Peck b.peck@federation.edu.au or Dr. Daniel Terry d.terry@federation.edu.au

* Cost includes flights and transport, insurance, accommodation, program fees and most meals - these costs are approximate at time of printing and will be confirmed prior to final student offering.

Exchange Partnership pilot program enhancing the relationship between Federation University and Fukuoka Women's University, Japan

Tour leader - Iain Johnson, Coordinator, Study Abroad and Student Mobility

The Exchange pilot project to Fukuoka Women's University (FWU) is to explore and develop a new relationship between Federation University and Japan. The objective is to encourage more Federation University Australia students to undertake a semester abroad as part of their studies and to explore regions other than the traditional destinations of the U.S.A. and U.K. particularly in a post COVID environment.

On this project we would like to be able to offer 4 female students funding of $7000.00 each towards an exchange semester at Fukuoka Women's University, Japan; a destination which Federation University students have not engaged with to any great extent. The semester long exchange opportunities would be spread across several schools. With specific possibilities for the School of Business, and Cultural studies. Such funding would significantly contribute toward the student expenses of airline travel, accommodation, and associated costs of living and studying in Japan for a full academic Semester.

Length of tour - full semester

Excepted travel date - Semester 2 2022 & Sem 1 2023

Cost of tour (approx.) - $7,000.00 per student*

NCP funding available - $7,000.00 per student

Staff contacts (more info) - Iain Johnson, i.johnson@federation.edu.au