A MURDOCH University student headed to Japan says the scholarship that will get him there is an opportunity to build a foundation for his career and experience a new culture.
Daniel Hay-Hendry will study engineering at Kyushu University and intern with an engineering and consulting firm in the water sector during his eight-month stay.
The 22-year-old is one of 120 undergraduates to have secured assistance under the New Colombo Plan – run by the Australian Government – to live, study and intern in the Indo-Pacific.
Mr Hay-Hendry, an environmental engineering student, has ambitions to provide regional communities with solutions to water-related issues.
The North Fremantle resident said Japan was the perfect place to learn his craft, adding that without the scholarship his study abroad would not be possible.
“As the spotlight on water-related problems becomes more intense, Japan is set to tackle the problems with technological advances and knowledge gained from (its) past,” he said.
“Water has never been abundant in Japan.
“The environmental changes that resulted from rapid industrialisation and population growth required the establishment of efficient water technologies and management systems.
“Nearly 80 per cent of industrial water is recycled and the leakage rate for domestic use is below 10 per cent.
“Japan is now a world leader in the field of water management and may help provide insight into help create solutions that will benefit all countries in the Indo-Pacific region.”
The 2018 scholarship recipients will pursue a broad range of studies including political science, foreign policy, international relations and forensic science.
Tangney MP Ben Morton said those heading overseas were among the country’s brightest emerging leaders.
“They have demonstrated academic excellence, exceptional leadership in their communities and a firm commitment to engaging with the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.