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Sydney University first in Australia for global student mobility

9 December 2019
We have the largest student mobility program of any university in Australia
A survey of 34 Australian universities found the University of Sydney has the largest student mobility program in Australia for the second year in a row, with one in three of the graduating cohort in 2018 undertaking a global mobility experience.
In this interconnected world, we recognise the need to equip our students with the skills and understanding to work across cultures and continents.
Vice-Principal (External Relations) Tania Rhodes-Taylor

The report by the Australian Universities International Directors’ Forum found the University of Sydney student mobility program was both the largest in terms of size and proportion of the student body that had an international experience as part of their degree in 2018, with more than 5,600 students taking part in the program.

“In this interconnected world, we recognise the need to equip our students with the skills and understanding to work across cultures and continents and we’re working to ensure that at least 50 percent of our students undertake an international experience that will help them develop those skills,”Vice-Principal (External Relations) Tania Rhodes-Taylor said.

“To ensure that students, regardless of background, have the opportunity to gain this important exposure, we are working with government, industry and donors as well as making a significant investment ourselves to maximise the number of scholarships we are able to provide.”

New Colombo Plan Scholarships

The Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan scholarship is one such example.

In 2020, seven University of Sydney students received New Colombo Plan scholarships giving them the opportunity to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region for up to 12 months.

From L - R: Andrew Trinh, Alvina Lock, Meggie Zhang, Clare Walsh (Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Florence Fermanis, Anita Wang

From L - R: Andrew Trinh, Alvina Lock, Meggie Zhang, Clare Walsh (Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Florence Fermanis, Anita Wang

The University of Sydney 2020 New Colombo Plan scholarship recipients are:

  • Denny Chen (Bachelor of Commerce and Law) will study business and law at East China University of Political Science and Law and undertake an internship with PwC in Shanghai.
  • Florence Fermanis (Bachelor of Arts and Law, Diploma of Language Studies) will study law at East China University of Political Science and Law and undertake an internship with a law firm in China.
  • Andrew Trinh (Bachelor of Commerce and Law) will study international relations, political science and economics at Peking University and undertake internships with Beijing PropTech start-up and a multinational focusing on real estate development services and advisory in China. 
  • Anita Wang (Bachelor of Commerce and Advanced Studies) will study international business at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and undertake an internship with the Australian Chamber of Commerce Shanghai.
  • Meggie Zhang(Bachelor of Law and Science and Diploma of Language Studies) will study law and Chinese language studies at Tsinghua University and undertake an internship with a commercial law firm in China.
  • Alvina Lock (Bachelor of Commerce and Arts) will study marketing at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Brendan Ma (Bachelor of Commerce and Law) will study law at the University of Hong Kong and undertake an internship with international financial institution in Asia.

The University has student exchange agreements with more than 250 partner universities in over 40 countries.