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Calling Colombo Plan alumni!

The University is organising an Alumni Reunion in SE Asia of alumni who studied under the Colombo Plan in the ’50s and ’60s.

The plan was so called after a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers met in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in January 1950. It established a Committee to promote international cooperation and raise living standards for the people of the Asia-pacific region. Originally intended to run for six years, the Plan was extended until 1980 when it was decided to make it open-ended; it continues to this day.

The Colombo Plan brought many students to study at Sydney, however the records of the time are sketchy and not on the alumni database.

If you are a former Colombo Plan student, or know of one, please contact Andrea Besnard, International and Regional Chapters Officer, Alumni Relations Office by phone on +61 2 9351 1963, or email

We will keep you updated on plans for your Reunion!