It’s extremely exciting to be part of this opportunity. I hope I will be able to represent Australia and my university to the best of my ability
NYSF alumni Ee-Faye Chong has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to study in Asia and the Pacific in 2015 as part of the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan.
Ee-Faye was one of six ANU students selected for the scholarship; they are studying a range of degrees in the sciences, International Relations and law.
Ee-Faye is thrilled to be heading off to Tohoku University Japan. “It’s extremely exciting to be part of this opportunity. I hope I will be able to represent Australia and my university to the best of my ability,” she said.
The selection criteria were not only based on academic skills but also on each student’s leadership qualities and experience with living away from home. “I think what really helped me was having firm goals regarding what I wanted to do on exchange and being able to convey my ideas to the panel. It was invaluable to ask people to proofread my application and practice interview questions with me.”
The New Colombo Plan scholarships, valued at up to $65,000 each, will allow each student to spend up to 12 months at an overseas university, with an optional further six months as an intern.
The New Colombo Plan was launched by Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in December 2013, as a platform for Australia’s engagement with Asia.