360 Environmental’s Ecologist Evan Webb was recently interviewed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for a promotional film about the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program. The interview discussed Evan’s current role at 360 Environmental and the skills and opportunities provided by his NCP Scholarship that have influenced his career trajectory.
DFAT want to know what their NCP alumni are up to now!
Evan was one of approximately 120 students Australia-wide to receive an NCP Scholarship in 2016 which took him to Vietnam for a semester. The NCP Scholarship program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study & internships or mentorship in 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations.
Whilst in Vietnam, Evan researched Bengal Slow Lorises and Pygmy Slow Lorises at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC). He also juggled both studying and lecturing in Environmental Science at Thai Nguyen University. Looking into the future, there is scope for Evan to be involved in further research with the EPRC!
Evan was also fortunate to be selected as the inaugural NCP Fellow to Vietnam as the top ranked student travelling to a particular country. As an NCP Fellow, Evan was expected to take on additional responsibility in terms of promoting the NCP’s goals, in particular, raising awareness of the understanding of the Asia-Pacific region.
In 2018, Evan attended the ASEAN Special Summit in Sydney where he had the honour of meeting Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
“The rapid growth within Vietnam and the wider Asia-Pacific region presents huge opportunities for Australia, so it is important that we develop an Asia-literate workforce and build upon existing relationships with our geographic neighbours” – Evan Webb.