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Danger embraces role as CQUni alumni ambassador for the New Colombo Plan

Published:25 September 2017

Danger Jamie McLovin is CQUni's new alumni ambassador for the New Colombo Plan. Pictured with CQUni International Partnerships and Recruitment Executive Samantha Ambridge.

A trip to India as part of the Reimagining India study tour which is funded under the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility program, opened Danger Jamie McLovin’s eyes to the rest of the world so much that he has now signed on to be its alumni ambassador at CQUniversity.

Hundreds of CQUni students will be able to have the same experiences as Jamie thanks to a recent significant boost to the mobility project funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. NCP funded mobility projects are open to Australian citizens for study in over 40 countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

More than $1.4 million has been offered to CQUni for 2018 – a 213 percent increase in total funding and a 187 percent increase on CQUni student funded places, compared to 2017.

“It really opened my eyes. Before I signed up to Reimagining India it had just been about going on an overseas trip, but when I got there I discovered so much about what’s going on outside of Australia,” Danger said.

“India was amazing. The poverty was staggering, but the innovation in place to try and move those people out of poverty was inspiring.”

Danger, who is studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and is the chair of the Student Representative Council, said he visited one India’s slums with over a million people, but saw that the people there were still surviving making money picking up plastic waste that is then used to make pellets for 3D printers.

Danger said he was excited about taking on the role of New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassador at CQUniversity.

“I’d encourage – and will be encouraging –all CQUni students to apply for a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant and join a CQUGlobal study tour,” he said.

“Not just for the opportunity to travel overseas as part of your degree, but for the experience. It’s something I will relive when I go back in January and my wife is also planning on going on the same study tour in November.

“The $3,000 NCP grant paid the program fee for Reimagining India, and by taking out an OS-HELP loan I was able to cover all other expenses including my flights so I was not out of pocket”.

Danger has already started his Ambassador role speaking to local Indigenous schoolchildren during the BROLGA Program last week. He will also present at the University’s Student Leadership Conference in Mackay in November.

The latest NCP funding will enable 273 CQUniversity students and another 151 consortium university students, for which CQUniversity was the project lead, to participate in mobility projects.

CQUniversity will continue to strengthen its ties in key locations, with programs taking 63 students to Nepal, 45 to India, 57 to Cambodia and 25 to China.

CQUGlobal program highlights include the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s flagship program to Pokhara, Nepal working with Fishtail Hospital, with which CQUni Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Scott Bowman recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The Reimagining India program will facilitate 120 students from a consortium of 12 Australian universities, for which CQUniversity is the lead.

For more information on the New Colombo Plan visit http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/pages/new-colombo-plan.aspx or https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/cquglobal-outbound/scholarships