Top students get set to jet set

Alana Tolman with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. Image courtesy of DFAT.

ANU College of Law students Alana Tolman and Mark Pennini will be swapping the bush surrounds of Canberra for exciting adventures in Asia, after winning prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships.

Combined-degree students Alana Tolman and Mark Pennini received their awards, along with four other ANU students, from Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a recent ceremony. 

First-year student Alana has combined Asia-Pacific studies with Law, and will undertake her program of study in the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei next year. 

Fourth-year student Mark has combined a Bachelor of Arts with Law, and will study at the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar as well as undertaking an internship at the Judicial General Council of Mongolia.

In addition to the scholarships, they have also both been awarded one of 17 prestigious fellowships. As the top-ranked applicant for Indonesia, Emma received the inaugural Yudhoyono Fellowship. As the top-ranked applicant for Mongolia, Mark received the inaugural Mongolia Fellowship.

Nineteen-year-old Alana says she may travel to Malaysia or Indonesia for fieldwork during her posting.

“During that time I’m also hoping to line up an internship with either the Australian High Commission there, to gain an understanding of how Australia relates to the Asia Pacific,” she said.

“Studying law, I’d also be interested in a law internship."

It’s not the first time that Alana has swapped the classroom for a foreign country. She was one of 12 first-year students to complete the first Summer In Tokyo course at Waseda University earlier this year – as part of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s inaugural New Colombo Plan project.

The Australian government awards 60 New Colombo Plan scholarships each year. Six ANU students received scholarships for 2015. Each scholarships give students up to $65,000 to complete study in the Asia Pacific region as part of their undergraduate degree. 

Alana and Mark join two other ANU College of Law undergraduates as New Colombo Plan awardees. Emma Roberts, who is currently studying in Indonesia and Nick Horton, who will study in Japan in 2015.

Interested in studying Law as a double degree with Arts or Asian Pacific studies? Find out more about the range of overseas study options for students of Law. Find out more about the range of overseas study options for students of Asia and the Pacific.

Alana Tolman
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Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team