Prime Minister's Scholarship awards

Victoria University of Wellington students are heading to study or research opportunities in Latin America and Asia, thanks to Prime Minister's Scholarships.

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America and the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia announced this week enable students to undertake a range of activities, such as a period studying at an overseas institution, a language programme, internship or a combination.

Students put in a proposal and there is a competitive selection process managed by Education New Zealand. Most will head away in January, for periods of two months to a year.

Eleven Victoria students have won scholarships to Latin America in the latest funding round, the largest number from any university. Of those, seven are going to Colombia. Two students are going to Mexico and one to Brazil.

Twelve Victoria students have won scholarships for Asia. The students are going to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor (International), Julia Innocente-Jones says Victoria has strategic alliances with many university partners all over the world.

“These scholarships enable Victoria students to attend these universities for one or two semesters, thus adding a strong international/intercultural dimension to their overall student experience. This wonderful opportunity really helps contribute to students becoming truly global citizens; they are able to develop a strong understanding and respect for other cultures and learn to see the world from different perspectives.”

The Victoria recipients of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America are:

Theo Berridge, Mera Conger, Liam Dennis, Joanna Judge, Kerry McNulty, Ruby O’Hampapos-Hagan and Lisa Kiyomoto-Fink, (Colombia); Fady Girgis, George McKnight and Laura Wilson, (Mexico); and Alexander Guy, (Brazil).

The Victoria recipients of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia are:

Isobel Dowell, Tessa Llewellyn-Dransfield, Ashley James and Caleb McIvor, (Japan); Ella Edgar, Hamish Morrissey, Jonathon Thomson and Calvin Hui, (China); Michael Engelbrecht and Raymond Lim, (Hong Kong); Amber Joseph and Rachel Salazar, (Singapore).

Story first published on the Victoria News website.