New Colombo Plan Mobility Project

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Project is a unique opportunity for students to be exposed to the high quality of education and manufacturing operations that define modern Japan.

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, MECH4950: Advanced Manufacturing in Practices course is a successful recipient of a 2020 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. This funding will support 15 students who are enrolled in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at The University of Queensland to participate in a two-week program based in Fukuoka, Japan.

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. Selected students will each be offered a mobility grant of $3,000 to cover course fees, flights and accommodation, to have an on-site exchange to Kyushu University (KU) involving a series of lectures and site visits to industrial plans. Lecture topics will include Advanced Engineering Technologies with a focus on the Japanese Manufacturing Sector and Japanese Language. The Kyushu Economic Federation (KEF) will facilitate industry tours to manufacturing facilities in the Fukuoka Prefecture including Nippon Steel, Fukuoka Hydrogen and a nuclear power plant. Please note, visits are subject to change, pending the COVID-19 situation.

This project is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

A note on the COVID-19 pandemic:
Given the current situation surrounding COVID-19, this opportunity is subject to the University of Queensland, Australian and Japanese Governments travel restrictions and regulations at the time of departure. Participants will need to apply for a visa to enter Japan. Application information will be provided to successful applicants. Participants are responsible for their visa application process, including providing passport details in a timely manner. Participants are also required to follow Japanese Government guidelines and regulations in relation to face mask wearing while in Japan. 

This information is correct at the time of publication, and may be subject to change.

Participating organisations

Kyushu University

Kyushu University is a Japanese national university located in Fukuoka, Kyushu. It is the 4th oldest university in Japan and one of the former Imperial Universities.

Visit the Kyushu University website

Kyushu Economic Federation (KEF)

KEF will facilitate industry tours involving their affiliate members (e.g. Toyota and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry) to students.

Learn more about the association

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of Japanese island Kyushu. It’s known for ancient temples and beaches.

Learn more about Fukuoka, Japan

Kitakyushu City

Today, the city is forging ahead with diverse activities based on the concept of Kitakyushu as a world captial of sustainable development and a technological capital of Asia.

Learn more about Kitakyushu City

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Who is eligible?

To be eligible to participate in this Mobility Program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, aged 18-28 (provisions are in place for 4 students over the age of 28 to participate);
  • is not a citizen and does not have residency rights in the Host Location in which they will undertake the Mobility Project;
  • be undertaking a Bachelor degree (or Bachelor Honours Degree) or BE/ME in one of the following engineering fields; Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mining & Geotechnical Engineering, Chemical & Materials Engineering, in the semester of application;
  • be able to enrol in MECH4950 - Advanced Manufacturing in Practice (2 units) in Teaching Period 8 2022 (Summer Semester 2022-2023). The NCP grant is only available to students who have an elective still available in their program of study. By applying for this program, you agree that you are eligible to enrol in MECH4950 as an elective towards your program. If you are enrolled in the BE/ME, please be aware that MECH4950 must be counted as an elective towards your undergraduate program. It is an NCP requirement that MECH4950 must be credited towards your undergraduate program. If it is determined upon your graduation that MECH4950 was superfluous to your program requirements, an earlier elective taken in your program will be discarded.
  • be able to attend all activities including a pre-departure seminar, travel to Japan in late November - mid December 2022;
  • hold (or be eligible for) a valid Australian passport with more than 6 months validity. Permanent residents of Australia, or students with current Japanese citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible to apply; and
  • not have received a New Colombo Plan short-term mobility grant previously.

Japanese language proficiency is not required. 

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The $3,000AUD mobility grant can be used to contribute to your trip costs including:

  • Approx. $1,100AUD program fee that includes the Kyushu University (KU) lecture series and Kyushu Economic Federation (KEF) industrial visits. The program fee is stipulated by Kyushu University and is paid by The University of Queensland directly to KU; 
  • Approx. $2,000+AUD for flights. A group booking may be required to acommodate visa requirements, and more information will be provided to participants by the program staff;
  • Approx. $1,000AUD for accommodation (including breakfast);
  • Approx. $100-$150 for a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test; and
  • Meals and local transport costs during the program. 
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Important dates

Applications open: Monday 8 August 2022

Application close: Sunday 28 August 2022

Outcomes announced: Friday 16 - Friday 30 September 2022 

Program dates: Monday 28 November - Friday 9 December 2022

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Selection criteria

The following are the selection criteria against which applicants will be assessed. Applicants should address each criterion and limit their responses to 300 words per criterion. Applicants should use the guidance in the square brackets to assist with their responses.

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
    • This criterion relates to academic excellence as demonstrated through the applicant's graded average achieved in tertiary studies and to academic awards and commendations at the tertiary level.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the community
    • Applicants may consider including volunteer and not-for-profit roles and/or activities they have undertaken in their local community, overseas or in their university.
  • Professional development
    • Applicants describe how this experience enhances their cultural awareness, employment potential and their ability to operate in new and changing environments. The applicant also demonstrates an understanding of the overarching goals of the New Colombo Plan.

Other considerations

In addition to the selection criteria, where applicants have similarly meritorius claims, preference may be given to applicants whose inclusion will promote:

  • balance and diversity in: fields of study and across the genders;
  • opportunities for students who have not previously received any Australia Government funded off-shore scholarship; and
  • representation from diverse student groups (including but not limited to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; students from regional/remote areas; students with disabilities or students from a non-English speaking background).

A selection panel consisting of representatives from the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering will consider all applications. 

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How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the online application form. Late applications will not be accepted.

The following details will be requested in the online nomination form:

  • Name;
  • Student ID
  • UQ email address
  • Mobile phone number;
  • Date of birth;
  • Gender;
  • Degree and plan in which the applicant is enrolled;
  • Current cumulative grade point average; 
  • Equity group status;
  • Japanese citizenship or residency status; 
  • Previous NCP grant recipient status; and
  • Responses to the selection criteria;
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If you have any questions or would like to know more about the program, please contact:

Ms Minami Yoshida
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

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