Alumni scholars had a chance to catch up and reminisce about their time spent in Newcastle under the Colombo Plan Scholarship (CPS) Scheme during a reunion dinner at the Jurong Country Club in Singapore on Sunday 9 June.
The Chair of the CPS Organising Committee, Mr Peter Tay, told the group he would be forever grateful for the support he received to study in Newcastle.
“I can’t imagine what life would have been for me in Singapore without the scholarship,” Peter said. “For this financial support and opportunity, I am eternally grateful to the Australian Government and people.”
The Colombo Plan was introduced in 1951 as a centrepiece of Australian foreign policy to strengthen relationships with Asia through numerous measures including university scholarships.
Peter obtained a double degree in engineering and economics under the scheme and today chairs the committee that organises reunions for the cohort.
Distinguished guests in attendance included the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen; fellow CPS graduate, Minister KHAW Boon Wan; and Australian Ambassador to Singapore, His Excellency Mr Philip Green OAM.
The next reunion is scheduled for 2015 at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus.
If you’re a CPS and would like to know more about the 2015 CPS Return to Campus Visit please contact our alumni office: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see photos from the reunion dinner visit here.