St Paul’s student Julian Vidal’s New Colombo Plan experience
Julie Bishop and Julian Vidal

St Paul’s student Julian Vidal’s New Colombo Plan experience

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St Paul’s College student Julian Vidal returns to College in February after a year as a New Colombo Plan Scholar in Singapore and Japan. New Colombo Plan Scholars spend up to a year studying in a university in the Asia Pacific region before undertaking one or more internships in businesses or other organisations in participating countries.

Julian is a Foundation Scholar of the College and attended Byron Bay High School before commencing his studies at the University of Sydney in 2016.

We very much look forward to welcoming Julian and other returning students back to College for the beginning of semester. Read about Julian’s experience in his own words below.


The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a prestigious Australian Government scholarship program that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to travel to the region to study, undertake internships and foreign language training. NCP Scholars are exposed to cultures, experiences and opportunities to which they would otherwise never have access.

Since embarking on my NCP Program last January, I have interned with Uber in Singapore and with Mitsubishi Group in Japan. I have been able to deepen my knowledge of the Japanese language at the accredited GenkiJACS language school in Tokyo. Most recently, I completed a semester of study abroad at the University of Tokyo, which allowed me to further pursue my studies of Japanese. Before returning to Australia in February 2019, I am undertaking an internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tokyo to explore Japan’s business relationship with Australia.

In light of the wealth and breadth of opportunities that the NCP Scholarship Program has given me, I encourage all interested Paulines to apply. In my experience, the close-knit, collegiate environment of St Paul’s supports candidates in honing their academic and leadership skills to make themselves the best possible proposition for an NCP scholarship.

Julian Vidal

2018 New Colombo Plan (PwC) Japan Scholar


The Head of College, Dr Don Markwell, played a key role in the policy design of the New Colombo Plan, which commenced in 2014. In welcoming the appointment of Dr Markwell as Head of College, then Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: “Don Markwell played a crucial role in developing the policy framework of the New Colombo Plan. His contribution helped ensure the success of a visionary project that will pay dividends for Australia’s national interest for decades to come.”

A number of members of the College have spent time in the Asia-Pacific region as New Colombo Plan Scholars or on NCP mobility grants, and the College is keen to encourage more to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity.


17 January 2019