The Colombo Plan was established in 1950 to assist economic development in South and Southeast Asia. It enabled students from the region to train in more developed countries in areas such as dentistry, agriculture, food processing and engineering. Over 220 Colombo Plan students studied at the Faculty of Engineering between 1950-1970. Many of these students have gone on to become international leaders in their field, making significant contributions to their home countries and throughout the world.
The purpose of this fund is to support scholarships which will assist international students from Colombo Plan member countries, to study engineering programmes at the University of Auckland. The Colombo Plan Scholarships have been awarded annually since 2012.