Talented UC students awarded Prime Minister’s Scholarships

13 December 2017

Dozens of University of Canterbury students are about to deepen New Zealand’s connections with Asia and Latin America after winning Prime Minister’s Scholarships.

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    UC Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) student Madeline Furness, who also studied Global Humanitarian Engineering, will be heading to South America for a 12-week internship with Engineers Without Borders Chile, after winning a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America.

Dozens of University of Canterbury students are about to deepen New Zealand’s connections with Asia and Latin America after winning Prime Minister’s Scholarships.

Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern recently announced the Prime Minister’s Scholarships in the first 2017/18 round, with 139 recipients of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and 53 recipients of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA) nationally. Award recipients – 108 individuals and nine groups – have largely come from tertiary institutions around the country.

The prestigious scholarships will help awardees to undertake study, research or an internship at top institutions in Asia and Latin America. The international education experiences were selected to enhance students’ study to date, and are from four weeks to two years in length.

Individual programmes range from a UC Engineering student’s 12-week internship with Engineers Without Borders in Chile, a UC Arts student spending a year on exchange at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, to another UC Arts student’s six-week intensive language study with Taiwan Mandarin Institute and 18 weeks at Singapore Management University for a UC Commerce student.

Group scholarships will support programmes such as a four-week University of Canterbury Economics Study Tour to South America (ECON228), looking at the wine industry, which is a key industry in New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and globally.

“The PMSA and PMSLA programmes have the real potential to change the lives of the young Kiwis who take part,” says Ms Ardern.

Applications for the second round for 2017/18 for PMSA and PMSLA must be submitted online by 30 March 2018 and 30 April 2018 respectively. More information on the application process can be found here.

 

UC PMSLA Recipients 2017-18

Name

Program in Latin America

Country

 

Wks

 

Hometown

Madeline

Furness

Internship with Engineers Without Borders Chile

Chile

12

 

Invercargill

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Canterbury Economics Study Tour to South America (ECON228) Chile and Argentina: Up to 30 UC students will gain a deep understanding of the wine industry, which is a key industry in New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and globally, during a four-week study tour. Students will have enhanced their employability in any sector that involves wine and/or contact with South America as well as in other industries where their skills in economic analysis can be applied. For further information see UC’s Department of Economics and Finance.

 

UC PMSA Recipients 2017-18

Name

Program in Asia

Country

 

Wks

 

Hometown

Sam

Andrist

One semester exchange to  Singapore Management University

Singapore

18

 

Christchurch

YuXiao

Du

Two semester exchange to Waseda University Tokyo

Japan

36

 

Christchurch

Fergus

Eglesfield

One semester exchange to National University of Singapore, Singapore

Singapore

18

 

Rangiora

Elliott

Kennedy

One year exchange at the National University of Singapore

Singapore

36

 

Nelson

Danella

Smithies

Six-week intensive language study with Taiwan Mandarin Institute

Taiwan

6

 

Christchurch

Nathan

Summerfield

Two semester exchange to University of Nottingham Ningbo

China

36

 

Scargill

Christopher

Turner

One semester exchange to Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya

Japan

18

 

Christchurch

Maria

Vivian-Neal

One semester exchange to Akita International University

Japan

18

 

Christchurch

 

 

 

 

 

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