In early January 2016 I moved to Hong Kong representing Curtin University at Hong Kong Polytechnic University specializing in the field of Fashion Design.
The New Colombo Plan is an extraordinary initiative by the Australian Government, created in efforts to strengthen Australia’s relationship with and towards the Indo-Pacific region. I whole heartedly believe the future of many industries, particularly that of fashion lies within the opportunities available to Australian’s within the Indo-Pacific Region. For me these opportunities included continuing my studies into computer aided fashion technologies, exposure to advanced tailored and pattern making techniques and the oppurtunity to create life time networks with local fabric and garment suppliers.
Part of my scholarship included being fully financially supported by the Australian Government whilst interning in both Jakarta, Indonesia and Shanghai, China (detailed above).
This scholarship also give me an opportunity to fully immerse myself within the Hong Kong, Jakarta and Shanghai culture and way of life. Making lasting contacts in all of these locations and spending my free time traveling, immersing myself in local culture and learning the local languages. (Particularly that of Mandarin Chinese, which I am at beginner level)