New Colombo Plan to See Australian Undergraduates Experience PNG

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Education will remain a key bilateral understanding between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, says it’s a people-to-people focus. The New Colombo Plan will give equal opportunity to Australians to study and work in PNG.

Minister Bishop says undergraduates in Australia will be sent to PNG to live, study and undertake an internship mentor program in parts of the country. Bishop launched the New Colombo Plan and embraced it as one of the key connections between PNG and Australia in the education sector.

A total of 46 students from Deakin, Wollongong and James Cook University are targeted to be the first for the 2016 program. The New Colombo Plan has also partnered with Westpac Bank, ANZ, General Electric, Oil Search and Exxon Mobil for the PNG engagement.

PNG is among countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Japan for the New Colombo Plan rollout in the Asia Pacific Region.

Bishop launched the Colombo Plan in Port Moresby in her recent visit to the country.

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