Crawford’s Cherry Zheng wins prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship

27 November 2018

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Crawford School’s Cherry Zheng is headed to Peking University after winning a prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Cherry is a member of the School’s Engagement & Communications Team, Editor of the Crawford-based student blog The Monsoon Project, a section editor on Policy Forum, and was a student in the Editor’s Practicum course offered through the school.

The NCP Scholarships provide Australian undergraduate students with the opportunity to undertake semester-based study as well as internships in up to 40 locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

Cherry is one of eight students around ANU selected to go abroad under the scheme.

“I applied for the New Colombo Plan scholarship because understanding the challenges and opportunities of living in the Indo-Pacific forms the core of Australia’s future,” Cherry says.

“And there is no better way to do that than acquainting ourselves directly with our rising region - this is just not something you can get from a classroom.”

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said the New Colombo Plan scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for Australian students to learn about the culture and issues of countries in our region, and to bring that valuable knowledge home.

“As the national university, ANU plays a leading role in investigating and studying issues that affect our region, and we encourage our students to not just be leaders in their own communities, but to also think about the regional and global context of their studies,” Professor Schmidt said.

“We’ve had many successful scholars broaden their understanding of, and passion for, the Indo-Pacific region through the New Colombo Plan and this has helped them succeed scholarly and beyond their studies in their professional and personal lives.

“I congratulate all the ANU students who have worked hard to deserve this opportunity, and I encourage them to dive deep into the cultures of the countries they’ll call home for the next semester.”

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