Indo-Pacific exchanges set to prepare scholars for impactful careers

Four high-performing University of Wollongong (UOW) students will be heading into the Indo-Pacific region next year, having been selected as New Colombo Plan Scholars.

Four UOW scholars were selected for 2020: Liam Mackay, Mary Pilkinton, Rubaiyat (Ruby) Evans and Elizabeth Hinchey.

Global growth through engineering

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) student Elizabeth Hinchey is heading to Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea for two semesters as an exchange student to study robot mechanics, mechatronics, mechanobiology, micro-nano mechanics, combustion and environmental engineering and manufacturing process design as well as undertaking thesis research.

The aspiring aerospace engineer will also be studying Korean and hopes to secure an internship opportunity with an international aerospace engineering company operating in the Republic of Korea.

It is vital for Australia’s growth to connect with international leaders in the Indo-Pacific through the global business of engineering and enable countries to thrive by sharing research and resources.

“The New Colombo Plan program will help me towards my career goal of being an aerospace engineer and establish connections with Korea, an engineering leader in the Indo-Pacific.” Elizabeth said.

The 2020 cohort brings to 19 the number of UOW students who have selected as New Colombo Plan Scholars since the program’s inception in 2014.

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Caption: The University of Wollongong’s 2020 New Colombo Plan Scholars (from left): Liam Mackay, Ruby Evans, Elizabeth Hinchey and Mary Pilkinton.