The New Colombo Plan scheme is competitive, but we hope Aaron's success inspires others to apply.
The scholarship – which is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiative – will allow him to study Law and Development Economics from an Asian perspective for the second half of this year at Singapore Management University (SMU).
Aaron, who last year completed a Diploma of Language (Mandarin) in Beijing, hopes the experience will further his opportunities to work abroad.
“I definitely see my career taking place between Asia and Australia, so I’ll be making the most of my experience there,” he said.
The New Colombo Plan Scholarship is valued at $7000 and Aaron will receive a further $1000 to take part in the Singapore Global Leaders Program which is an internship for a local community organisation or project.
Between work and studies, Aaron plans to travel to some of the countries around Singapore.
“Malaysia is only about half an hour drive out of Singapore so hopefully I’ll get to go there and through other parts of South-East Asia.”
ANU Law Associate Dean (International) A/Professor Jolyon Ford congratulated Aaron on the scholarship.
“The New Colombo Plan scheme is competitive, but we hope Aaron's success inspires others to apply,” he said.
“The scheme offers students an immersive cultural and learning experience in a neighbouring society – while getting degree credits."