New Victoria Asean Scholarships Up For Grabs
Posted on July 31, 2012, Tuesday
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Victoria University is partnering with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to extend New Zealand’s scholarship scheme for Asean to Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, Borneo Bulletin reported.
From this year, Victoria will offer four full PhD scholarships annually to suitably qualified candidates – two for Bruneians and two for Singaporeans.
“Victoria is committed to building enduring partnerships in education in Asia and these scholarships affirm that position,” said Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Rob Rabel.
The scholarships will be linked with the NZ/Asean Scholars programme run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and will help to extend the programme’s educational opportunities to all Asean nations.
Professor Rabel said the scholarships will be targetted at young researchers who can use their skills to contribute to both their home countries and other Mean nations.
“Priority will be given to topics that relate to regional integration and sustainable development, and the quality of applicants will be the paramount factor when determining recipients. Students will be expected to have demonstrated a record of top academic performance in their undergraduate education and maintain these high standards in New Zealand.”
Victoria University has a long record of training officials and diplomats in Asia, and is the only New Zealand university with an offshore campus located in Vietnam.
Professor Rabel says Victoria’s strong international relationships offer students and staff opportunities to research and learn alongside people of different nationalities, with different cultural practices and with unique world views.
“We view these scholarships as an integral part of the university’s wider engagement with our neighbours in the Mean region. These countries will be critical for New Zealand’s future – not only in economic terms but educationally, culturally and politically”
Vice Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh launched the scholarships at an event at Victoria yesterday morning attended by Brunei’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, the Singapore High Commissioner to New Zealand, ambassadors from Asean member states and New Zealand’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.