Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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New Colombo Plan


11 May 2016

A research presentation supported by the Comparative and International Education Research Network of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, and co-hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Outbound student mobility has been promoted by universities worldwide as a strategic internationalisation initiative to enhance students’ intercultural skills, global outlooks, international experience and employability. The New Colombo Plan program established in 2014 is a major mobility initiative of the Australian government, contributing to the recent remarkable growth of Australia’s outbound mobility. It is expected that by the end of 2016, the New Colombo Plan will have supported more than 10,000 Australian students to study and undertake work placements in the Indo Pacific region (DFAT, 2016). The New Colombo Plan plays a crucial role in shifting Asia from being a non-traditional to an emergent major destination for Australian outbound students, currently hosting up to 60 per cent of this cohort. This presentation draws on a pilot research project that includes policy discourse analysis and 50 interviews with Australian students, academics and mobility staff across two universities.

The findings highlight how Asia as a geographical, social and educational space can help to transform Australian students’ ‘life possibilities’ as well as their capacity to pursue a meaningful professional life. The presentation addresses the intended and incidental learning as well as individual and collective forms of learning in which the New Colombo Plan participants are engaged. The presentation concludes with some practical recommendations to maximise the enormous potential benefits of the New Colombo Plan program and enhance students’ learning, including for those who do not have the chance to participate in international experiences.

Event details

  • When: 2–3.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Yeow-Tong Chia.

  • Contact: Co-convenor, Comparative and International Education research network
    Dr Yeow-Tong Chia
    T: +61 2 9351 4699

  • Speaker: Ly Tran is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Deakin University and an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow. Her research and publications focus on student mobility, pedagogy and curriculum in international education and Vietnamese higher education. She has been awarded three grants on international student mobility and staff professional development in international education by the Australian Research Council. She is a lead investigator of a project entitled ‘New Colombo Plan: Australians as international students in Asia’ with colleagues from Deakin University and University of Adelaide. Her book, Teaching international students in vocational education: new pedagogical approaches, won the 2014 International Education Association of Australia Excellence Award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education.

  • Co-hosted by: Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
    Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

New Colombo Plan: Asia as a potential space for transformative learning

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


11 May 2016

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