National grant to support global collaboration

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Murdoch University has secured almost $500,000 of funding under the 2021 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility program.

The funding will support scholarships and internships of 148 high-achieving students in 11 mobility projects across the Indo-Pacific – many of which will be run online until international travel restrictions are relaxed.

The news comes amidst a unique year for the University, navigating through COVID-19 challenges finding new ways of teaching and learning, and global collaboration.  

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen extended her gratitude for the funding, noting that during challenging times such as these, good news is welcome.

“I am very pleased that Murdoch’s application for funding under the Commonwealth Government’s New Columbo Plan Mobility Program has been successful,” she said. 

The signature initiative of the Australian Government aims to lift knowledge and strengthen ties with the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

Professor Leinonen said she was thrilled to see our Murdoch community continue to contribute to the growing cohort of the New Colombo Plan mobility program.

“These students will play an increasingly important role in Australia's relationships with our neighbouring countries, developing lifelong professional and personal networks. I look forward to seeing how they progress in their lives and careers.”

The below projects have been awarded funding under the 2021 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program, in the following countries:


  • 8 students from Medical and Molecular Sciences disciplines will join Dr Charlotte Oskam for the ‘One Health Internship and Practicum’ project.
  • 12 students from Asian Studies and Environmental Science disciplines will join Associate Professors Mike Van Keulen and Carol Warren for the ‘Sustainable Community Development Practicum’ project.
  • 16 students will join Ms Ella Durand for the ‘Shark Trade Field Placement - ‘Improving Livelihoods Above and Below The Surface’ project.


  • 10 Agricultural Sciences students will join Senior Lecturer in Animal Production and Science, Liselotte Pannier for the ‘China Agricultural Study Tour’ project.
  • 20 Asian Studies students will join Ms Catriona Stevens for the ‘Sustainable Cities China Study Tour and Practicum’ project.


  • 10 Environmental Engineering students will join Dr Martin Anda for the ‘Innovation in agriculture: Transition from traditional agriculture to precision agriculture’ project.
  • 12 Graphic Design students will join Associate Lecturer in Graphic Design, Erica Ormsby and Senior Lecturer, Mark Cypher for the ‘Understanding the effects of COVID-19 on Japanese Tourism. A Cross-Cultural Design Thinking and Graphic Design Professional Practicum’ project.


  • 20 Forensic Science students will join Dr Paola Magni for the ‘Environmental forensics: Science, Investigation and transnational education to fight green crimes’ project.


  • 20 students from Criminology and Law disciplines will join Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Mark Briskey for the ‘India Human Rights Challenge’ project.


  • 12 Education students will join an education academic for the ‘2-Way Learning: Schooling in Diverse Contexts’ project.


  • 8 Education students will join Associate Lecturer Kathryne Dehle for the ‘Teaching and Researching in Diverse Contexts: International Schooling project.
Learn more about the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.
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16 Feb 2021

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