Colombo Plan for pandemic  

When established in 2014 the plan was to provide grants for Australian undergraduates to study/intern in Indo-Pacific countries. Which does not work now

So, the government has adjusted to the times and is providing students with smaller funding to take virtual programmes with, rather than in, their country of choice.

This is good news indeed for the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies. Student fees stopped when COVID-19 kicked-in and by June, ACICIS feared it was gone (CMM June 3). A fund-raiser delivered a third of the $150 000 needed to stay solvent until the middle of next year and with the new government support they have a chance to stay in business.