Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with GRDC-sponsored Horizon Scholar Sam Coggins and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.
PHOTO: Irene Dowdy
University of Sydney agricultural science student Sam Coggins, a GRDC-supported Horizon Scholar, will soon be packing his bags for Sri Lanka and India after being named a fellow of the New Colombo Plan, an initiative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Colombo Plan gives tertiary students the opportunity to study and work in the Indo–Pacific region for up to 12 months.
Mr Coggins is one of 100 of Australia’s best and brightest undergraduates from 26 universities to receive the highly prestigious scholarship. Each year the highest-ranked New Colombo Plan scholar in each host country is named a fellow.
For the New Colombo Plan scholarship, the third-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student plans to travel to Sri Lanka where he will spend five to six months studying food security at his host institution the University of Peradeniya.
He also hopes to travel to India where he will spend three months working as a plant-breeding assistant at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.
During his summer university break, Mr Coggins worked at CSIRO on a soil microbiology research project. Later this year, he will participate in the GRDC’s Young Farming Champions program. The program teaches participants leadership and communication skills, and how to promote the grains industry.
Mr Coggins will use the skills he develops through the program when visiting schools to speak to children about the career opportunities offered within the Australian food sector.
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