The New Zealand government has awarded 24 postgraduate scholarships to Filipino students under the New Zealand ASEAN Scholars awards. This annual award is funded through the New Zealand Aid Program.
Ambassador David Strachan congratulated the scholars at a pre-departure lunch hosted at his residence on Jan 10.
“We are proud to host some of the Philippines’ best in their chosen fields. We wish them success during their time at New Zealand’s world class universities and we look forward to sharing their knowledge when they return to the Philippines,” Strachan said.
“New Zealand offers one of the best agricultural sciences being among the top 20 countries that generate high impact researches. I can’t emphasise enough the success of New Zealand in agriculture – the science and the industry. I believe it is best to learn where science is translated to benefit the people,” Arnel Pocsedio said. Pocsedio, from the International Rice Research Institute, will pursue his masteral in plant breeding at the Massey University.
Incoming University of Auckland student Aira Aspiras will take up her master of engineering focusing on renewable energy. She said, “New Zealand has been a front runner in the use of geothermal energy and I do have a high regard for that. It is important to me that every step that I take is consistent with my advocacy so as to fuel my passion to be a climate leader. It all boils down to authenticity and New Zealand can give me that.”
The scholars were selected through a competitive process and assessed on the basis of their leadership potential, knowledge of their selected field of study and its relevance to development in the Philippines.
The scholars will pursue postgraduate studies in a range of areas where New Zealand has recognized expertise including renewable/geothermal energy, disaster risk reduction and agriculture.
Strachan adds, “We are proud of the caliber of students from the Philippines. They become an important part of our bilateral relationship. We look forward to receiving applications from all over the Philippines for our 2018 intake.”
The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars awards are open to eligible candidates from the public, private and civil society sectors. Applications for study in 2018 will open next month.
All scholarship announcements will be posted in the Facebook page of the New Zealand embassy Manila and on website https://www.mfat.govt.nz/philippines.