Denpasar – Monday, 3rd July 2023, Universitas Pendidikan Nasional (Undiknas University) is proud to welcome students from Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia through the New Colombo Plan program. This program allows foreign students to explore the beauty of Bali and experience the life of its people in order to broaden their cultural horizons.
The New Colombo Plan itself is an Australian government initiative that aims to improve relations and understanding between Australia and countries in the Indo-Pacific region. This program provides opportunities for Australian students to undertake study programs, internships, or field experiences in partner countries in the region. This program focuses on four main areas, namely education, culture, exchange, and economic cooperation. Through this program, Australian students can gain experience studying abroad, learning the local language and culture, as well as developing their understanding of relevant regional issues.
New Colombo Plan 2023 invited 16 ECU students to Bali to take part in a joint program with Undiknas University which will last for 2 weeks until 14 July 2023. Students will be involved in various activities specially designed to provide unforgettable experiences. While in Bali, students will live in the homes of the local community for 3 days and 2 nights, to be able to interact directly with the Balinese people and experience their daily life and cultural uniqueness.
Apart from studying Balinese culture in depth, the participants will also take part in an entrepreneurship workshop organized by Undiknas University. This is an opportunity for them to develop skills and knowledge in the business world, encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and help participants become future leaders.
While in Bali, the participants will also be invited to visit Tenganan Village, a village that still maintains the authenticity of ancient Balinese culture. They will also have the opportunity to attend the Bali cultural festival which is taking place in July 2023, so they can experience the life and diversity of arts that are characteristic of the island of Bali.
The New Colombo Plan Program this year is expected to be a significant step in strengthening the relationship between Undiknas University and Edith Cowan University. It is hoped that this program will have a positive impact on enhancing cultural understanding and cooperation between the two universities. With the tagline “Empower Dreamers to Become Doers,” the New Colombo Plan 2023 provides opportunities for students to fulfill their dreams and inspire future generations.