VBS students succeed in Prime Minister’s Scholarships

Victoria Business School students are heading to study or research opportunities in Asia thanks to Prime Minister's Scholarships.

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia enable students to undertake a range of activities, such as a period studying at an overseas institution, a language programme, internship or a combination of these activities. Students put in a proposal and there is a competitive selection process managed by Education New Zealand.

Five VBS students have won scholarships to Asia in the latest funding round. Ruiteng Liu and Belle Moller are going to Singapore, Kimi Zerafat and Brady Mitchell are heading to China, and James Keate will travel to Japan.

Kimi Zerafat will complete a six-week internship in consulting in Hong Kong.

Kimi says she is looking forward to going behind the scenes and seeing what influences business decisions in China and Asia. “In order to be able to understand our largest trading partner, we need to know what their customs and motivations are and this opportunity will let me do just that.”

Kimi will be working at a firm that focuses on technology and cloud solutions, and she hopes to bring back learnings of state-of-the-art technologies that can be implemented in New Zealand.

Belle Moller will be studying business at the National University of Singapore, on a one-trimester exchange. She is hoping to expand her perspective beyond Wellington and New Zealand before entering the workforce.

Belle says she is looking forward to travelling to Asia, a region she has been observing with interest.

“Immersing myself in this prosperous, innovative environment, which directly correlates to my studies is compelling as it allows me to experience the real-life application of what I am learning.”