Ten IMAS undergraduate students and Professor Chris Carter are currently experiencing life and marine resource research in Malaysia as part of a two week field trip through the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan.
Hosted by Malaysia's Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), the focus is on local fisheries and aquaculture practice and development, giving the students experience of a rapidly growing and developing near neighbour with important synergies around marine resources.
The Bachelor of Applied Science students will also gain practical knowledge and new insights into decision making around the use of marine resources, approaches to marine conservation and commercial fisheries and aquaculture.
Malaysia currently has a national strategy to develop fisheries and aquaculture, including education and research.
IMAS and USM and scientists have established and ongoing research links and the two institutions are working to build the relationship in research, education and industry training.
The New Colombo Plan is designed to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.