School of Architecture and Built Environment student Kieran Maguire was selected as one of nine outstanding Deakin University students who will be supported to study, work and live in the Indo-Pacific region next year thanks to the Australian Government’s 2018 New Colombo Plan Scholarships.

Kieran were among 120 New Colombo Plan Scholarship recipients from 33 Australian universities announced by Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon. Julie Bishop and Education and Training Minister the Hon. Simon Birmingham in Canberra.

Launched in 2014, the overseas study program encourages international cooperation with Australia’s regional neighbours, giving the next generation of Australians a hands-on experience living and working within other cultures as part of the global community.

This February the program will see Kieran embarking on a year-long journey to the Republic of South Korea to undertake language training with Lexis Korea, a semester at Seoul National University, and six months of Internships in the field of Urban Planning.

The opportunity will enable Kieran to develop networks within the Indo-Pacific region while representing Deakin and Australia.  Living and work outside of Australia will give Kieran and all the students the chance to place their career goals in a global context, while equipping them for the jobs of the future.