Experiences

More than just memes: How Subtle Asian Traits has become a cultural gamechanger

Adehlia Ebert, Adeline Tinessia The rise of social media has seen the emergence of myriad new forms of individual & group expression. Arguably the most noticeable of these new forms of media is the  inescapably ubiquitous cultural phenomenon that is the ‘meme’. While still widely regarded as frivolous internet guff, memes are proving to play …

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Growing up between Southeast Asia and Australia

Recently announced Westpac Future Leaders Scholar and AASYP Founding Team member Matthew Page reflects on the realities of growing up between Southeast Asia and Australia, the value of ASEAN-Australian engagement and the biggest challenges facing the region. Tell us about your experiences in Southeast Asia? My experience in Southeast Asia began in 2006 when my …

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Experiences and Application Tips with Australia Awards recipient Patricia Aliño

Patricia Aliño is a Filipino from Davao City, in the Philippines. She is currently studying at the University of Sydney through the Australia Awards Scholarship taking up a her masters degree in Peace and conflict studies. She works for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process – the agency mandated to oversee, …

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Sport a vehicle for forging stronger ties – Interview with Bruce Djite

This week we talked to Bruce Djite, a professional footballer whose career highlights thus far have included playing for the Young Socceroos (U’20), the Australian Olympic team (U’23) and the Socceroos. From his experiences playing professionally overseas and in Indonesia, Bruce is a strong advocate for the use of sports in diplomacy and believes sport, especially …

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Exchange in Thailand spurs interest in ASEAN

Joshua Dale Santos from Macquarie University was awarded a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant and an Asia Society Scholarship to undertake an exchange program at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. The experience allowed him to deepen his understanding of the region and form lifelong relationships, an experience he describes as “eye-opening, awesome and insightful’. We asked him …

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ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation – What is it?

AASYP Founder and International Relations Honours student Hayley Winchcombe spent 13 months in Southeast Asia as the inaugural New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow 2018. During an internship with the Australian Mission to ASEAN, Hayley spent a week with the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II). What is ASEAN actually doing? Why should we …

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How is Australia contributing to ASEAN’s ambitious development targets?

International Relations Honours student Hayley Winchcombe has spent the last 11 months in Southeast Asia as the inaugural New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow. During an internship with the Australian Mission to ASEAN, Hayley had the opportunity to spend a week with the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II).  What is ASEAN actually doing? …

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Singapore's Tech Hub

Digital Opportunities in ASEAN: Singapore’s Startup Scene

2018 New Colombo Plan Singapore Scholar Jackson Huang shares insights into the landscape of tech startups and his internship with Artificial Intelligence (AI) company Visenze. What was it like studying and interning in Singapore? The National University of Singapore was a great community in terms of the rich student life as well as the tech …

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