Colombo House, University of New South Wales

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Colombo House
University University of New South Wales
Location UNSW campus, Kensington
Full name Colombo House
Established 2014
Named for The Colombo Plan
Sister college Basser College
Philip Baxter College, Goldstein College, Fig Tree Hall and UNSW Hall.
Head Ms Isabelle Creagh

Colombo House[1] is a new residential college and addition to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Kensington Colleges.[2] Colombo House will take its first student residents in Semester 1, 2014.


Colombo House is named in honor of the University of New South Wales' involvement in the Colombo Plan, with the university having its first intake of Colombo Plan students in 1952.[3] Born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1950, The Colombo Plan provided South East Asian students with opportunities to study at international universities in fields of study as yet unavailable to them in their home countries. Graduates of the Colombo Plan went on to be some of the regions top level political leaders and captains of industry, including Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Singapore's current Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

A history of the Colombo Plan by Daniel Oakman,[4] called Facing Asia: A History of the Colombo Plan is now available online.[5]


The executive staffing for 2014, its inaugural year, is as follows:

First Name Surname Role
Michael Patoka Dean of Colombo House
Christopher Mann Deputy Dean of Colombo House
Maddison Beevors Resident Assistant (RA)
David Grant Resident Assistant (RA)
Ricky Khang Duy Le Resident Assistant (RA)
Veronica Yuehua Li Resident Assistant (RA)
Mera Okello Resident Assistant (RA)
Sara Sohrabian Resident Assistant (RA)

Intercollege Cup (ICC)[edit]

Colombo House won the first ever Intercollege Cup held between Fig Tree College, UNSW Hall and Colombo House in October 2014


Colombo House will cater for 242 students in single occupancy, dormitory style rooms, all with private en suites.[6] The College will have expansive common and study areas as well as a roof top garden with views across the Randwick Racecourse to the Sydney skyline. Landscaped garden spaces will be shared with Basser, Philip Baxter, Goldstein College and Fig Tree Hall.

Colombo House is a self-catered residence with communal kitchens on each floor, and a large catering size kitchen on the ground floor. Accommodation packages include free WIFI and weekly cleaning. There are also laundry facilities on each floor.


  1. ^ "UNSW Colleges | Residential Communities". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ "University of New South Wales - The Kensington Colleges - Home". 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Daniel Oakman - ANU E Press - ANU". 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Facing Asia - ANU E Press - ANU". 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ "UNSW Colleges | Residential Communities". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 

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