New Zealand unveils 30 groups for Prime Minister’s Scholarships

The announcement by New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hipkins comes as the country seeks to rebuild global ties after years of closed borders as a result of Covid-19. Borders are due to fully open on July 31.

“New Zealand is reconnecting with the world, and for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealanders will embark on a series of programs in Asia and Latin America,” said Chris Hipkins.

The 387 New Zealanders joining 30 groups going abroad under the government-funded program will visit Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. As part of the 21 programs in Asia, winners will travel to Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and India.

The scholarships cover travel, accommodation and study costs.

“Successful programs range from a nine-week internship and entrepreneurship program in Taiwan to a four-week agribusiness program in Colombia and a six-week food innovation study tour in Indonesia,” Hipkins continued.

“A wide range of New Zealanders will benefit, including a marae, a non-profit organization TupuToa, six of New Zealand’s eight universities, Te Pūkenga, and a number of private training institutions.”

Successful programs follow the thread of sustainability that New Zealand continues to place at the heart of its international education plans.

Courses offered include those focused on the Ashaninka Iwi indigenous people in Brazil, a four-week program on indigenous rights and histories with Campus B in Brazil, an internship program in Japan with the Ainu people, as well as an exchange six-week immersive aboriginal in Taiwan. A range of ecosystem and agro-industrial programs are also included.

The news comes after the government identified Chile and Brazil as two key markets in South America where it wants to promote New Zealand as an international education destination.

Following group applications, Hipkins also announced that individual applications for the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America will be open on July 18.

“This means New Zealanders aged 18 and over from all backgrounds can consider studying abroad, internships or other overseas educational experiences,” he said.

“New Zealanders aged 18 and over from all backgrounds can consider studying abroad”

Applications for the individual round will close on August 31, 2022.

The government’s international education strategy emphasizes outbound mobility and global citizenship, as evidenced by the restart of Prime Minister’s Scholarships earlier this year. The program had been closed during the pandemic.

Funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao, the Prime Minister’s Scholarships have helped over 2,400 New Zealanders have life-changing learning experiences in Asia and Latin America since 2013.

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