Op­por­tu­nity for in­tern overseas

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

KAELAN Lock­hart is ex­pand­ing his global mind­set af­ter he was an­nounced as one of five UQ stu­dent re­cip­i­ents un­der the New Colombo Plan pro­gram.

The Warana res­i­dent has been named as a New Colombo Plan fel­low to con­tinue his en­gi­neer­ing stud­ies in Viet­nam.

Mr Lock­hart will start the schol­ar­ship pro­gram next July with in­ten­sive lan­guage train­ing in Ho Chi Minh City.

He will re­main in the city study­ing for two semesters and in­tern­ing with En­gi­neers With­out Bor­ders in Cam­bo­dia.

Af­ter his sec­ond se­mes­ter abroad he plans to re­main in the coun­try to do a six month in­tern­ship where he will put to use his newly formed lan­guage skills.

“As Aus­tralia’s fastest grow­ing ex­port mar­ket in ASEAN I feel we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to share the meth­ods and tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped in Aus­tralia for re­new­able en­ergy.

“I plan to ap­ply my learn­ings about sus­tain­able en­ergy to as­sist re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in Viet­nam with ac­cess to re­li­able, re­new­able en­ergy,” he said.

Mr Lock­hart is one to take op­por­tu­ni­ties when pre­sented.

He is cur­rently study­ing abroad in Den­mark and is ex­cited for his new ven­tures in Asia.

“It was un­be­liev­able, due to the pres­ti­gious na­ture of the award I was very re­al­is­tic but hope­ful go­ing into the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“To find out that I had been ac­knowl­edged as the Viet­nam fel­low was far more than I could have ever have ex­pected,” he said.

Global En­gage­ment and En­trepreneur­ship di­rec­tor Jes­sica Gal­lagher said the pro­gram would help stu­dents de­velop net­works and skills that would give them a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage when they grad­u­ated.

“We are in­cred­i­bly proud of our cho­sen schol­ars, in­clud­ing our two fel­lows who have been ranked the top can­di­dates in Malaysia and Viet­nam.

“In­ter­na­tional pro­grams such as this help shape fu­ture lead­ers by pro­vid­ing stu­dents with di­verse work­ing ex­pe­ri­ences”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EX­PLORER: Kaelan Lock­hart roller­ski­ing in a deer park - just one of his many ad­ven­tures.

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