Raymont Residential College student Dominic McCarthy has been awarded a 2020 New Colombo Plan Scholarship. The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government initiative.
The Bachelor of Business (Management) student at CQ University will spend up to 19 months in New Caledonia studying International Business at the Université de la Nouvelle Calédonie, as well as undertaking language training and an internship.
He is the only student from CQ University to be awarded the scholarship for 2020.
The 2020 cohort of New Colombo Plan Scholars were awarded their scholarships by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on 25 November at a ceremony in Canberra.
Next year 125 Australian undergraduates will begin living, studying and undertaking work experience in 20 host locations across the Indo-Pacific.
“As I study French and visited New Caledonia at the end of school last year through the JCU Young Explorer’s of the Tropics Program, I feel a strong connection to the country and am interested in international development,” says Dominic.
“As a New Colombo Plan Scholar, it is a great opportunity to improve my French language skills, learn about one of our closest neighbours and develop strong people-to-people links in the region.”
As a regional student from Mackay, Dominic stayed at Raymont Residential College in Auchenflower when he moved to Brisbane.
“I chose Raymont Residential College as it had a nice culture, extra-curricular opportunities and was in an ideal location.”