Students head to Japan under New Colombo Plan

20 March 2014

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop has farewelled two ANU students who will study in Japan as part of the government's New Colombo Plan.

ANU is one of 24 Australian universities taking part in the first phase of the New Colombo Plan, which will see students study in Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Ms Bishop met students Helen Trezise and Laura Ferguson at Parliament House, alongside ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young, AO, and Japan's Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Yoshitaka Akimoto.

The two students will spend a semester at Japan's Akita International University.

They are part of a group of 15 ANU students who will go to Japan to study Japanese language, international relations, politics, economics and sociology.