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New ABP scholarships for community development

7 September, 2015

Twenty-five Architecture, Building and Planning students will be funded to attend a Humanitarian Construction Internship in India in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders in 2016.  The funding comes as part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP), an Australian government initiative which supports undergraduates studying in the Indo-Pacific region.

Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, made the joint announcement last week. The project is one of 461 international opportunities to be funded in 2016 under the NCP.

“Australian universities have continued to provide strong support for the New Colombo mobility program and the opportunities it provides for Australian students to undertake short term and semester length study in our region,” Minister Bishop said.

NCP funding has enabled the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning to offer a new mobility internship subject in 2016, partnered with Engineers Without Borders Humanitarian Design Summit. The 2-week internship is available to students in the final year of their undergraduate degree.  Eligible students can receive funding for all flights, accommodation, meals, in-country travel etc (excluding tuition fees and deposit). The program involves undertaking a team-development design and build project in a community in Mumbai. 

“The Humanitarian Design Summit provides an incredible opportunity for students to add valuable real-world experience in community development and design skills in an international region to their CV,” said Associate Professor Alan March, Bachelor of Environments Program Director, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

The first cohort of ABP students will travel to India in December 2016. 

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