It is with a little bit of sadness, and a great sense of achievement, that I bid farewell to Kuala Lumpur. I will miss its generous warmth, laced with loads of humidity, and its evening tropical storms. I will miss the smell and taste of fragrant food, the elaborate desserts, and the drinks that look like they are not from this planet. But all this will stay vivid in my memories. You don’t forget such an amazing experience overnight.
The New Colombo Program (NCP) was a great choice for a short study trip. Not only do you get to work with amazing forward-thinking academics from a different country on an exciting project, but you also get to experience what it is like to live in a new and different place. After some adapting, you start feeling like you are somehow also a part of it all. You quickly learn when to avoid the traffic jam, where is the best nasi lemak, how to live safely alongside the thieving monkeys, and get gently woken up in the morning by the call for prayer from your neighbouring mosque.
Whatever your interests or degrees may be, the New Colombo Program can certainly take you somewhere new. It is specifically designed for young scholars that wish to challenge themselves, step out of the confines of the lecture halls, and further their horizons and possibilities. I can not recommend it more highly. New experiences, new ideas, new mentors, and new friends are waiting for you somewhere out there. The NCP program is a good place to start the search.
Jelena Fabri, Bachelor of Archaeology, Flinders University
During S1 2019, Jelena participated in a NCP funded study abroad tour to Malaysia in partnership with University of Malaya (UM) titled ‘Frontier Science, Science Policy, Technology and Innovation in Malaysia’.
Read her 1st blog here