28 Vietnamese scholars heading to New Zealand to study in 2018

16:11 | 22/01/2018
The latest recipients of the prestigious ASEAN New Zealand Scholarships provided by the New Zealand government—the 28 finest Vietnamese students—are heading to New Zealand to start their postgraduate studies in February.

New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E Wendy Matthews, on January17 hosted a pre-departure briefing and reception for the scholars, the ten new awardees of  New Zealand’s longstanding English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme, and 24 students visiting from New Zealand under the Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) initiative.

“I congratulate each of the 28 successful Vietnamese scholars. The ASEAN New Zealand Scholarship is designed to support the next generation of leaders in Vietnam and the region,” she said.

“Over the last 24 years, many New Zealand ASEAN scholars have gone on to become respected leaders in Vietnam. New Zealand ASEAN scholars grow academically, professionally, and personally during their time in New Zealand. They also carry a strong sense of pride and responsibility as part of the New Zealand ASEAN Scholars and Alumni network. I am thrilled to see how this opportunity transforms lives,” added the ambassador.

These scholars are heading to New Zealand for thier higher education in 2018

The education co-operation between Vietnam and New Zealand is reportedly on the rise every year. In 2017, first-time student visa applicants from Vietnam to New Zealand increased by nearly 60 per cent. Institution-to-institution links are also strengthening and growing.

Students from New Zealand on thier visit to Vietnam

More than 270 Vietnamese students have received these awards since the scheme started in 1994. The scholarship represents a significant investment from the New Zealand government towards the development of Vietnam’s future leaders.

Every year, successful scholars are selected from hundreds of applicants to receive full tuition fees, airfares, living allowances, insurance, and assistance with research and thesis costs for their time in New Zealand, while gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

Applications for 2019 scholarships will open on February 1 and close on March 14, 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the areas where New Zealand holds particular expertise and those prioritised by  the Government of Vietnam: agriculture, disaster risk management, renewable energy, public sector management, and private sector development.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/who-can-apply-for-a-scholarship-3/viet-nam-scholarships-2/ or email to nzembassy.hanoi@mft.net.nz. More updates and useful experiences shared by previous scholarship winners can be found on the Embassy’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/nzembassyvietnam.

The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholarships are a regional initiative providing postgraduate awards for courses that align with sectors of relevance for New Zealand and the ASEAN. Up to 30 scholarships are available to Vietnamese students each year. Since 1994, 274 Vietnamese students have been awarded this prestigious scholarship.

The 10 awardees of the English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme will go to New Zealand for 22 weeks to study English, with each intake having a special theme. To date, more than 485 Vietnamese officials have participated in the highly successful ELTO programme in New Zealand.

Established in July 2017, the three government-funded Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) aim to enhance New Zealand’s cultural understanding of and business engagement with Southeast Asia, North Asia, and Latin America. The CAPEs harness academic expertise, evidence-based research, and stakeholder experience and industry acumen to help ensure best practice engagement with these regions. 

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